Netanyahu Rejects Abbas’s Call to Halt Settlement Building in Response to Peace Talks Letter
One month after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas sent a letter that it was hoped would initiate efforts over frozen peace negotiations, Netanyahu rejected demands to halt Jewish settlement building in the occupied Palestinian territories.
"The content of (Netanyahu's) letter did not represent grounds for returning to negotiations," stated Hanan Ashrawi, a member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization. However on receipt of the letter the Palestinian and Israeli’s released a joint statement saying that both sides were “committed to achieving peace”
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