US pressing Israel to halt West Bank construction


It is doubtful that Israel will halt construction as proposed by the United States. Either way, these so-called “peace talks” are a waste of time. There will never be peace in this region. TGO

Refer to brief story below. Source: Associated Press

JERUSALEM – Washington’s special envoy to the Mideast is in Israel to push for a halt new construction in West Bank settlements and get stalled Mideast peacemaking back on track.

Israel has refused to renew a 10-month moratorium on housing starts in the West Bank, land the Palestinians want as part of a future state. The Palestinians have threatened to walk out of talks if the construction curbs aren’t reinstated.

In an attempt to break the impasse, the White House has sent George Mitchell to the region to try to prevent peace talks from collapsing.

Mitchell is to meet with Netanyahu on Wednesday and with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday.

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