Israel Radio: Mubarak pushed Netanyahu on settlement freeze

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak urged Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to halt settlement construction during a Cairo meeting on Sunday, Israel Radio reported Monday morning. According to the report, the Egyptian president said that continued building was hindering efforts to advance Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations. The meeting took place as US Mideast envoy George Mitchell was holding high-level talks in Jerusalem, as part of efforts to together a package to enable the announcement of a renewal of peace talks. Herb Keinon contributed to this report