U.S. Asks Israel to Weigh 60-Day Settlement-Freeze Extension

(Bloomberg) Nicole Gaouette - The Obama administration is proposing a 60-day extension of a suspension on Israeli construction in areas of the West Bank claimed by the Palestinians, in exchange for security assurances, according to a person briefed by American officials on the matter. The initial 10-month building ban lapsed Sept. 26. The administration wants to strike a deal to overcome the impasse before an Oct. 4 meeting of the Arab League in Cairo, where the issue will be discussed. "There is a multilevel conversation going on," State Department spokesman Philip J. Crowley said Tuesday in Washington. "The Israelis, the Palestinians, others in the region, the United States, everyone is advancing ideas and formulas that we hope will convince the parties to stay in the negotiation."

2010-09-29 09:00:30

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