U.S.: Israeli settlement freeze should not be precondition to peace talks

28.09.2011                      29.Elul, 5771                      Erew Rosch Haschanah

Friedensgespräche:

U.S.: Israeli settlement freeze should not be precondition to peace talks

American envoy to Israel Dan Shapiro says direct talks without preconditions is only way to resolve Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The U.S. ambassador to Israel reaffirmed on Tuesday Washington's opposition to a Palestinian call to halt Israeli settlement building before peace negotiations can resume.
Facing renewed urging from international mediators to return to negotiations and defuse a row over his bid for a full seat at the United Nations, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has repeated his demand for a settlement freeze first….