U.S. seeks 4-month E. J'lem building freeze in exchange for direct talks
One of the U.S. administration's requests to Israel regarding the peace process with the Palestinians is a four-month construction freeze in all parts of East Jerusalem. In exchange, the United States would pressure Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to hold direct talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu instead of the indirect talks the Palestinians have agreed to.
An official in Jerusalem said the U.S. administration is demanding that Israel freeze construction in East Jerusalem, including Jewish neighborhoods such as Neveh Yaakov, French Hill and of course Ramat Shlomo, which sparked the recent tensions between Israel and the United States.
The freeze would last four months, the time frame the Arab League has authorized for indirect talks between the Palestinian Authority and Israel.
If, for a 10-month suspension in Judea and Samaria we got bupkas, why should we go another 4 in Jerusalem's over-the-Green Line neighborhoods?
What proximity talks? Where are they taking place?
All that happened was that the Arabs have our suspension for nothing and demand more for face-to-face, which we already had?