Housing Minister Uri Ariel on Sunday demanded that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu provide the cabinet with weekly reports on the negotiations with the Palestinians, fearing that Netanyahu might spring an “all or nothing” solution too far to the left.
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At Sunday’s weekly cabinet meeting, Netanyahu discussed his talk with U.S. President Barack Obama last week and his intention to keep stressing the need for international sanctions on Iran. Netanyahu did not mention the peace negotiations with the Palestinians, which resumed in July after a three-year break.
"Your reports are illuminating but they contain no report on the negotiations," Ariel said to Netanyahu at the end of his speech. "It can't be that the cabinet isn’t kept up to date on such negotiations. In the end you’ll bring for a cabinet vote a finished product in the style of all or nothing. This can’t continue. I demand information."
Netanyahu did not respond. After not receiving an answer, Ariel said he intends to repeat his demand every week.
Ariel's protest is the latest move by a right-wing MK or minister to come up against the peace negotiations.
About a week ago, Economy Minister Naftali Bennett and six other ministers sent a letter to Netanyahu demanding that he bring the issue of prisoner releases to a discussion and vote in the cabinet before other prisoners are released.
Also, 17 MKs from coalition parties - most from Habayit Hayehudi, Yisrael Beiteinu and Likud - sent a letter to Netanyahu against the release of Palestinian prisoners.