Ya'alon forcefully criticizes US freeze proposal

November 17, 2010 10:40

Deputy Prime Minister Moshe Ya'alon harshly criticized the US proposal to extend the settlement building freeze by three months on in an interview with Israel Radio on Wednesday.

If Israel accepts the request moratorium extension, it will be a surrender to the Palestinian position and a declaration of Israel's inability to stand by it principles during negotiations, said Ya'alon.He added, that he found it hard to believe that the US would provide firm guarantees that building could continue in the neighborhoods of east Jerusalem and that the new freeze extension would be the last, and, therefore, whether there would be an agreement with the US.

Ya'alon also stated in the Israel Radio interview his unqualified opposition to a continuation of the building freeze.

"If there are no red lines, we will enter negotiations from a weakened position," he said.

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