Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Is Netanyahu Reinstating a "Settlement Freeze"?

The news:

'Netanyahu orders freeze of West Bank settlement tenders'

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has ordered a freeze in tenders for West Bank settlement construction amid a US push to renew the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, Army Radio reported Tuesday.

Netanyahu reportedly gave the order in a meeting with Housing and Construction Minister Uri Ariel (Bayit Yehudi).

The reaction:


Netanyahu promised Kerry to 'rein in' settlement construction until mid-June

According to senior Israeli officials, Netanyahu pledged to restrain planning and construction in West Bank, East Jerusalem, in light of U.S. efforts to restart Israeli-Palestinian negotiations...A senior U.S. administration official declined to confirm reports that Netanyahu committed to "rein in" construction, yet said that the reason there is no new construction has to do with facts on the ground: "The fact is that since Obama's visit there are no new announcements and everything is quiet on the ground when it comes to settlement construction," he said. "Everyone is on their best behavior and don’t want to be blamed for preventing the peace talks from being re-launched."


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