Netanyahu: No extension to 10-month settlement freeze

July 26, 2010 14:36

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 US.

He said the freeze was limited in time: "It has not changed and that's how it will be."

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