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Nov142010

US Offers Incentives for West Bank Resettlement Ban

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(JERUSALEM) -- Israel's cabinet is reportedly considering a package of incentives offered by the United States in hopes of a construction freeze in West Bank settlements, but not in East Jerusalem.  The BBC reports the incentives include a pledge to fight international resolutions critical of Israel, several security promises and a pledge to not seek to extend the resettlement ban beyond 90 days. 

The resettlement issue could shut down the restarted peace talks with Palestinian officials that resumed in September after a 20 month interruption.  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly discussed the matter with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton In the U.S. on Thursday.

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