The Civil Authority distributed orders stripping community leaders of their authority to approve any building, and even construction of anything that currently has no foundation, even if a permit had been approved. Beit El's local authority head, Moshe Rosenbaum, ripped his orders to shreds. Ariel Mayor, Ron Nachman, also made clear he will not enforce the order:
Because they took away my authority as mayor to authorize projects in my jurisdiction, I hereby give up my authority to enforce these orders. If anyone violates this building freeze in my jurisdiction I will not act against them. If the Civil Administration wants to handle it, they are welcome to. I am out of the picture."
Meanwhile, the Prime Minister's office is indicating that he will attempt to prevent a Likud Central Committee debate on the freeze, despite the fact that MK Danny Danon received the required 200 signatures to force the meeting.
Moshe Feiglin disputed the notion that Bibi has betrayed Yesha, pointing out that everyone should have seen this coming, and that no one should be surprised.
At Danon's rally, which was not attended by any other Likud MKs, (Tzipi Hotobeli being an exception), an indication to me that the ministers will not be doing much in the way of standing up an opposing this freeze, there was also a fair bit of Obambi bashing as well. Though it now appears that four Likud ministers have come out against the freeze: Silvan Shalom, Yuli Edelstein, Gilad Erdan, and Moshe Kachlon.
Netanya Likud activist Ben-Zion Ben-David said, "We overcame Pharaoh, Antiochus, and Salah a-Din. We'll overcome Obama too."
Ron Nachman referred to the Resident Jew Hater as "Hussein Obama," which we all know must make Nachman a great big racist. Join the club Ron. I've been a racist since 2008.
Beit Arye mayor called the Marack administration anti-semitic, and the "worst ever for the Jews."
At this point I would like to make clear that it is my considered opinion that this freeze is about something far larger than pleasing the White House, easing international pressure, or moving forward on negotiations with terrorists.
Israel is not going to get anything at of this deal, not from the Arabs, who have made it clear will not grant any concessions for this move; not from the White House, which has already made it clear will be lining up to make more demands soon; nor from the international community. Why then go to these lengths to photograph settlements, to issue these orders before the full cabinet voted on this initiative, and the talk of preventing a Likud Central Committee debate? Because this move is really about curbing and blunting the growing power of religious Jews in Israel; the same reason why Bibi used the courts to prevent Moshe Feiglin his rightful seat in the Knesset.
Observant Jews are the largest growing demographic in Israel, Judea, and Samaria. After the evacuation of Gush Katif, many are still living in temporary housing, kept off balance, and in a state of discord. Now the political power of the religious community will be focused on fighting this freeze while the elites of the left continue to attempt to consolidate their power in an attempt to thwart the growing strength of the nationalist camp.
The Jewish people need to wake up and understand that people like Netanyahu, who blunted his own party's majority in the Knesset to keep Feiglin out, will enforce policies on the ground that weaken Israel, simply so that the elites that keep recycling them into positions of power, will stay in control, and keep the circus of corruption alive. It is up to those who believe in the survival of Israel, and the Jewish people, to band together against these elites, and finally replace them with a power structure that honors the will of the Israeli people, and the will of HaKadosh Borachu, who put us in this land with purpose.