US ‘demands Israeli building freeze’

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The US reportedly wants a four-month Israeli building freeze in occupied east Jerusalem, one of a series of demands from Washington aimed at reigniting dormant peace talks.

In return for a Jerusalem freeze – something Israel has refused to contemplate in the past – the US would pressure Palestinians to hold direct talks with Israel, the Haaretz daily newspaper reported.

The Israeli paper, quoting unnamed Israeli officials, said the four-month freeze would coincide with the period the Arab League had backed for talks between the Palestinians and Israel.

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