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

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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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