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Israel offers 10-month West Bank settlement freeze

JERUSALEM (AP) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has proposed a 10-month freeze on West Bank settlement construction in what he says is an attempt to jumpstart Mideast peace talks.

Netanyahu's office released a statement saying he would bring the proposal to his Security Cabinet later Wednesday.

The freeze would not include east Jerusalem - the area of the holy city claimed by the Palestinians for a future capital.

Netanyahu has already floated the idea, but he has never given a firm time commitment such as in Wednesday's announcement.

Even so, the Palestinians say the offer is unacceptable because it does not include east Jerusalem.

The Palestinians refuse to reopen peace talks with Israel until it halts all settlement construction.

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  • by Diane Location: Mt. Sterling on Nov 25, 2009 at 08:12 AM
    Israel needs to stop trying to appease these terrorists who only want their destruction. They don't want peace. I agree with columnist Burt Prelustsky. He wrote,...."surely something must be terribly wrong with a man (He was referring to Obama) who is far more concerned with a Jew building a house in Israel than with a Muslim building a nuclear bomb in Iran." It is so true!! The UN has the same problem. In the long run any gesture done by Israel is seen as a victory step toward their destruction by those who will stop at nothing to achieve it.


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