Vice PM says cabinet wont vote on freeze till after talks

Vice Prime Minister Silvan Shalom said Sunday that the government will not vote on extending a partial freeze in West Bank settlement construction before the start of the peace talks in Washington, Reuters reported.
Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu promised that his cabinet would only vote on the issue after the Jewish High Holidays next month, which fall after the peace summit is held, Shalom said in an interview.
"He [Netanyahu] told us today there will be no decision on Sept. 2 about freezing settlements," Shalom said, quoting Netanyahu from a closed door session with ministers earlier on Sunday, adding it would be at least two weeks before the government would vote.