In an early morning meeting on Thursday with EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Baroness Catherine Ashton, President Shimon Peres reiterated what has been Israel's construction policy vis-à-vis Jerusalem for the past forty years, and stated that it should remain so.
"The pattern was for building in suburbs that were basically Jewish and not in those suburbs that were basically Arab. We have to continue that policy," he said. "We shouldn't build where we didn't, and we should build where we did – and we should get on with the negotiations."
Peres made the point that this policy had until now been accepted by everyone including the Palestinians and had not generated any real problems in the past with regard to negotiations.