Netanyahu agrees for further construction freeze
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has agreed to push his cabinet to freeze most construction on settlements in the West Bank for another 90 days in order to break a deadlock in peace talks with the Palestinians, a U.S. official was quoted as saying by the NYT. In return, Washington has offered Israel a package of security incentives and fighter jets worth $3 billion, the official said. The United States would also block any moves in the United Nations Security Council that would try to shape a final peace agreement.
The partial freeze would not include occupied East Jerusalem. The Israeli leader convened a meeting of the inner council of his cabinet in Jerusalem on Saturday night, and he will meet with the full cabinet on Sunday.
This proposed 90-day freeze would be nonrenewable and Obama administration would not ask for further extensions, the official said.
- Netanyahu rejects calls for Israeli settlement freeze as peace talks precondition
- Abbas, Israeli Housing Minister issue clashing statements on potential settlement freeze for peace talks
- Barak and Mitchell meetbuf fail to agree on settlement freeze
- Freeze ends: Netanyahu calls settlers to "show restraint"