Israel Offers Building Freeze - PA Rejects Israeli Conditons
Israel has offered a partial building freeze in the Westbank if the Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish State. A spokesman for the Palestinian Authority has rejected the condition.
The talks, which were already in danger to collapse, were addressed by the Arab League last week. The United States has been given one month to attempt to persuade Israel to implement a new building freeze.
Benjamin Netanyahu said to his Parliament during an Opening speech for the winter session:
"If the Palestinian leadership will unequivocally say to its people that it recognises Israel as the national state of the Jewish people, I will be ready to convene my cabinet and ask for another moratorium on building."
Spokespersons for the Palestanian Authority have accused Israel of playing games with this issue, to gain favour with the International community. Palestinians have argued in the past that this proposal would disenfranchise 20% of the population that is not Jewish.