PMO officials say that as housing minister, Uri Ariel (Jewish Home) made construction plans in the E1 area of the West Bank that were unauthorized.
“While he was serving as minister of housing in the previous government, Uri Ariel commissioned some theoretical plans for development in E1. He did so of his own initiative and without the required authorization. The Housing Ministry has no authority either to plan or to build beyond the Green Line. These plans therefore have no standing and are not binding on anyone,” the officials say.
— Raphael Ahren contributed