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Benjamin Netanyahu tells US: We won’t stop east Jerusalem settlement building

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu has reportedly told the US administration that his government will not stop settlement construction in east Jerusalem, despite US pressure and long-running deadlock in peace talks.

The message was delivered to US officials at the weekend, according to reports by AP and the Wall Street Journal, and comes ahead of a visit to the Middle East by George Mitchell, the US special envoy, later today.

Mark Regev, a spokesman for Netanyahu, would not discuss the details of Israel’s talks with the US administration but he said: “We want this process to succeed and to see the restart of talks. We hope that this is possible soon.”

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