Shamir Accused by Party Colleague of Reneging on New Jewish Settlements

Premier Yitzhak Shamir was accused by his Herut colleague Deputy Premier David Levy Wednesday of dealing “falsely” with his party on the issue of new Jewish settlements in the administered territories.

Levy, who is Minister of Housing, charged in the Knesset that a reported statement by Shamir that previously planned settlements could not be built because of budgetary constraints was without foundation.

According to Levy, the government is allocating hundreds of millions of dollars to various other sectors. “Anyone who claims that the $10 million needed to establish the new settlements may affect the economic situation deals falsely and is untrue to others and to his party,” Levy said. There was no immediate response from Shamir.

The outspoken Minister was cheered at a press conference convened later by the Gush Emunim. They hailed Levy as the only Likud Minister active in building settlements and demanded that Shamir resign if he cannot fulfill his pledge to build the new settlements.

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