Meanwhile, senior Likud officials who are close to Netanyahu estimated that the “rebellion” within the party against the plan to freeze settlement construction would not gain steam.
“The chances of a serious move against the prime minister are low,” one of the Likud officials said. “Silvan Shalom, Moshe Ya’alon, Gilad Erdan, Moshe Kahlon and others are steering clear of such actions because they know nothing serious can be done to prevent the freeze.”
Benny Begin, one of the few ministers to speak openly against a new moratorium, does not plan to resign.
Right-wing ministers said Netanyahu offered Housing and Construction Minister Ariel Atias (Shas) to lower housing prices in exchange for his support of a freeze. They said the offer is too good to pass up because the rising apartment prices are hurting the haredi population.
Shas said it would abstain from the cabinet vote on a freeze.