Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman spoke with his British counterpart William Hague over the weekend, and stated that Israel cannot continue the 10-month building moratorium in West Bank settlements which is scheduled to end September 26.
"The Palestinians wasted nine months and in the tenth month of the freeze they didn't come to the peace talks out of good will to reach a peace agreement, but rather because they were forced to do so," Lieberman explained. "Those looking for excuses to derail the talks will find them whether or not the freeze continues. We've done our part and now it's the Palestinians' turn. Israel will speak with the Palestinians, but without preconditions."
Lieberman added in his discussion with Hague that the international community should give Israel incentives and not merely pressure the Jewish State. He emphasized the fact that Israel has waited a long time for an upgrade in its diplomatic standing with the European Union.