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Netanyahu remains firm on East Jerusalem construction plans

“No freeze in Jerusalem” announces Netanyahu on Israeli television, as envoy Mitchell arrives in the region.

April 23, 2010 8:27 by

Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday said that, while he hoped to resolve issues with Washington, he remained firm in his commitment to ongoing construction in East Jerusalem.

“I am saying one thing: there will be no freeze in Jerusalem,” Mr Netanyahu said on Israeli television, according to the BBC on Friday.

Netanyahu’s comments came as US Middle East envoy George Mitchell arrived in the region to restart stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, beginning Friday.

Mr. Netanyahu reportedly suggested potential measures aimed at boosting Palestinian confidence, the BBC reported, quoting a Wall Street Journal report. Measures reportedly include border discussions and the status of Jerusalem, as well as easing the Gaza blockade, releasing prisoners, and a temporary halt on construction in Ramat Shlomo.

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