West Bank Settlement Freeze Ends - Peace Talks Continue?
West Bank Settlement freeze ends.
Netanyahu urges restraint and U.S. Administration pushes for talks to continue.
Shortly after the Construction Freeze on West Bank settlements ended, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged restraint by settlers. Netanyahu called on Palestinians not to walk away from peace talks stating that his intention to achieve peace was genuine.
A Palestinian statement has not been made, but President Abbas is set to meet with Arab Leaders on October 4th to consider the options that affect the future of the Peace Talks.
Meanwhile the U.S. Administration raced to bridge the gap. Hillary Clinton talked to Tony Blair and PM Netanyahu on Sunday, according to State Department spokesman, P.J. Cowley.
"We keep pushing for the talks to continue,"he said.
The restrictions on West Bank construction began last November. Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak believes that an agreement can be reached by both sides over settlement construction.
For now all sides are still talking and there is a glimmer of hope that a peace agreement can be reached within a year.
On Sunday, pro-settlement groups met in the West Bank community of Revava to mark the start of a new construction project and attend a rally. About 2,000 people in Revava released 2,000 balloons in the blue-and-white of the Israeli flag at sundown.
The balloons symbolized the 2,000 apartments that settlers say are ready to be built immediately.