'Betrayed' settlers vow to topple Netanyahu
Israeli settlers pledged to bring down the government of Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday if he went back on a commitment to allow West Bank construction to resume.
The prime minister, who goes back into peace talks with the Palestinians in Egypt today, spoke of compromise on the extension of a 10-month moratorium on construction to both Tony Blair, the Middle East envoy, and his cabinet. It led the settlers to accuse him of betrayal and of wilting under pressure.
The moratorium on construction expires this month. Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian leader, threatened to leave the talks if construction resumed; and Barack Obama called for the freeze to remain.
Danny Dayan, of the Yesha Council, representing the West Bank's 300,000 Jewish settlers, said: "If the freeze continues in any way, we promise to make every effort to fight against the Netanyahu government. It will be the beginning of the end." (© Daily Telegraph, London)