Men building 311.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
President Hosni Mubarak said Thursday that he has urged Israel to expand the 10-month
moratorium on West Bank settlement construction for three more months to give
peacemaking a chance.
Mubarak said he told Prime Minister
Binyamin Netanyahu the delay could give the two sides time to draft
their future borders. After those lines are agreed, Mubarak reasoned,
Israel can build within its future borders and the Palestinians within
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comments were carried in excerpts from an upcoming
interview broadcast on Israel Radio.
Mubaraks comments came hours after the Prime
Office issued a statement in response to reports that the Obama
administration wants Israel to extend the moratorium, saying that "we
won't comment on the content of negotiations."
Minister Benyamin Netanyahu's position regarding the time period
allotted for the West Bank building moratorium is well known, and has
not changed," the statement continued.
London-based paper A-sharq al-Awsat reported that Palestinian
Authority President Mahmoud Abbas had agreed to the US suggestion of
expanding the settlement freeze.