Israel offers 10-month settlement freeze to thaw talks

By Incorrect Author 26 November 2009

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Israel will halt construction in its West Bank settlements for 10 months in an effort to restart peace talks, but Palestinians rejected the freeze as insufficient because East Jerusalem has been excluded from the building halt. Netanyahu said this step was designed to "encourage resumption of peace talks with our Palestinian neighbours". In Washington, Obama welcomed the decision. For more, read the AP