Monday, March 27, 2017

Israeli PM says he hopes to conclude settlements deal with US soon

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that efforts are still ongoing to reach an agreement with the Trump administration over the expansion of settlements in the West Bank.

Israeli and US teams met last week in Washington as part of the White House's effort to revive the peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

The first round of four-day talks, headed by President Donald Trump's special representative Jason Greenblatt, was concluded on Thursday without an agreement on one of the most contentious issues -- the Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank.

On Sunday, Netanyahu told his weekly cabinet meeting that the "talks with the White House are continuing."

"I hope they will conclude quickly," he added.

He denied a report in the Hebrew-language Channel 2 TV news, according to which Israel agrees to limit the construction in the West Bank to settlement blocs.

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