Netanyahu agrees to partially freeze West Bank construction in bid to resume talks

21.10.2011                      23.Tischrei. 5772                       Simchat Torah

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Netanyahu agrees to partially freeze West Bank construction in bid to resume talks

Israeli official says freeze will apply solely to 'government construction' in West Bank; Abbas has not yet responded to the proposal.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he's willing to freeze government construction in West Bank settlements as well as all construction on government land there. In return, he needs an agreement by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to resume direct peace talks.
According to a senior Israeli official, Abbas has not yet responded, but he has been threatening to resign if there is no diplomatic progress in the next three months….