Ashton calls for settlement freeze extension ahead of visit

EU Foreign Policy chief comments following meeting with Hillary Clinton; Ashton due to arrive in Israel Thursday for meetings with Netanyahu, Abbas, Mitchell.

By JPOST.COM STAFF, AP
September 29, 2010 21:06
1 minute read.
EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Sec

catherine ashton 311. (photo credit: AP)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

The recently expired settlement construction moratorium must be extended if the peace talks are to have any hope of succeeding, EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton said Wednesday after a Washington meeting with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Earlier on Wednesday, Ashton announced an imminent trip to Israel, where she is expected to land on Thursday. Ashton said she was heading to the region "as a matter of priority" after talking to Mitchell and international Mideast envoy Tony Blair.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


RELATED:
Work begins on hundreds of settlement homes
Abbas: Israel's choice is peace or settlements

She reiterated in a statement that the European Union regrets Israel's decision not to extend a 10-month-old moratorium on West Bank housing starts that expired this week.

Starting Thursday, the EU foreign policy chief will meet with Netanyahu, Abbas and Mitchell over two days to try to prevent the collapse of negotiations. She reiterated in a statement that the European Union regrets Israel's decision not to extend a 10-month-old moratorium on West Bank housing starts that expired this week.

Also on Wednesday, the PLO said that they cannot be expected to continue peace talks unless Israel reverses the decision to lift restrictions on settlement construction.


Hanna Amireh, a member of the PLO body, said there was widespread opposition to resuming talks without a settlement curb.



"The consensus is that since the entire world is in favor of a Palestinian state and against settlements, then let us throw this problem in the face of the world and see what they can do about it," Amireh said.

Related Content

Jisr az-Zarq
April 3, 2014
Residents of Jisr az-Zarqa beckon Israel Trail hikers to enjoy their town

By SHARON UDASIN