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Israel's Netanyahu opposed to settlement freeze

Published on Mar 9, 2014 4:20 PM
 
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday, March 9, 2014, he is opposed to freezing construction in settlements as a means to extend United States-sponsored peace talks with Palestinians. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

JERUSALEM (AFP) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday he is opposed to freezing construction in settlements as a means to extend United States-sponsored peace talks with Palestinians.

Such a freeze "would serve nothing," Mr Netanyahu told public radio.

"We imposed one in the past and it brought no results," the premier said of the 10-month construction moratorium he issued during the last round of peace talks with Palestinians that ended in 2010.

US Secretary of State John Kerry has been struggling to get Israel and the Palestinians to agree a framework for extending direct peace talks, launched in July, beyond an April 29 deadline.

 
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