RAMALLAH, Dec. 15 (Xinhua) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday told a meeting of Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO)'s Central Council that he is ready to resume peace talks with Israel till it stops settlement in occupied territories and recognizes borders of the future Palestinian state.
"If settlement stopped completely for a specific period and borders of a statehood within the 1967 borders, we will go to negotiations," Abbas said before the meeting in Ramallah.
Abbas also called on the international community "to recognize the reference of the negotiations" that involve a Palestinian state in the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
He added that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's decision to temporarily halt settlement activities in the West Bank "is not considered a stop of the settlement activities."
Israeli state prosecution defends settlement construction ban
JERUSALEM, Dec. 10 (Xinhua) -- Israel's state prosecution on Thursday defended the government-announced moratorium on new construction projects in West Bank settlements, saying that the move serves the country's diplomatic interests.
The decision is "meant to cement Israel's commitment to the peace process and its hope that it would reignite the direct negotiations with the Palestinians, local news service Ynet quoted an official with the State Prosecutor's Office as telling the Supreme Court. Full story
Israel to establish task force to monitor settlement moratorium enforcement
JERUSALEM, Dec. 4 (Xinhua) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday gave his nod to set up a special task force to monitor the enforcement of a recently announced partial freeze on settlement construction, local daily Ha'aretz reported.
The team, which includes Defense Minister Ehud Barak and several other senior government officials, is empowered to examine how the moratorium could be implemented in full with the greatest possible consideration for the needs of the settlers, added the report. Full story
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