Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Monday that Israel will not
extend a 10-month freeze in West Bank settlement construction, which is set to end in late September.
It was not clear whether Netanyahu was trying to pressure Palestinians
to resume direct peace talks.
Netanyahu noted that his cabinet declared the moratorium to encourage
Palestinians to negotiate with Israel directly, instead of through the
He said the freeze was limited in time: "It has not changed and that's
how it will be."