Quartet to call on Israel to extend settlement freeze

The Quartet of Middle East peace mediators is set to request on Tuesday that Israel extend the settlement moratorium currently in place in the West Bank, explaining that the freeze has had a positive impact on peace talks, Reuters reported on Tuesday.
"The Quartet noted that the commendable Israeli settlement moratorium instituted last November has had a positive impact and urged its continuation," a draft statement by the Quartet said, according to Reuters.
The statement, due to be issued by the Quartet which is comprised of the United States, the European Union, the United Nations and Russia, will increase pressure on Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to extend the the building freeze which is set to expire at the end of September.