Netanyahu fighting Knesset to keep settlement freeze power

July 4, 2010 13:30


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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is fighting a proposed bill in the Knesset Sunday which aims to give the Knesset itself the power over settlement freezes in the West Bank. The struggle coincides with Netanyahu's upcoming meeting with US President Barack Obama on Tuesday.

Public Diplomacy Minister Yuli Edelstein called on Netanyahu on Sunday to "present a firm stand against continuing the freeze, as he has committed. The freeze ends in September."

Netanyahu noted to the cabinet that the building freeze had not yielded direct peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, which was the original goal of the freeze.

"I have been ready to meet with [PA President Mahmoud Abbas] since this government's first day in office," he said. "Whoever desires peace will hold direct peace talks.  I hope that this will be one of the results of my trip to Washington."

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