Report: Kerry To Demand Partial Settlement Freeze In Peace Framework

The Obama administration will demand Israel to implement a partial settlement freeze after US Secretary of State John Kerry presents his framework for extending peace talks next month, army radio reported on Wednesday.

Quoting US negotiators involved in the talks, the radio said the United States was hoping to obtain a freeze on construction in isolated settlements outside the major West Bank blocs, which Israel hopes to retain in any peace deal.

Netanyahu’s office refused to comment on the report.

“The Israeli side is well aware that the framework will not be enough to convince Abu Mazen (Abbas) to remain at the negotiating table without Israel giving him something else,” the radio said.

02/19/2014 10:51 AM by Jacob Kornbluh

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