|Published:||Nov 21, 2010 9:23 PM EST|
|Updated:||Nov 21, 2010 6:23 PM EST|
JERUSALEM (AP) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he's sure his Cabinet will approve a U.S. proposed slowdown in settlement construction.
But, in a statement today, Netanyahu says he won't bring the issue before his ministers until the U.S. puts the details in writing.
The U.S. has been pushing Israel for a new moratorium to draw Palestinians back to the negotiating table. They've refused to resume peace talks unless there's a halt to settlement building in territories they want for a future state.
Today, President Mahmoud Abbas warned that east Jerusalem must be included in the proposed 90-day moratorium.
But Israeli hard-liners say they won't accept such a moratorium if it does include east Jerusalem.
Netanyahu did not mention Jerusalem in his statement. He also denied reports that the goal of the moratorium was for both sides to agree on final borders between Israel and a future Palestine.
As an incentive, Washington has offered Israel a fleet of next-generation stealth warplanes and promises to veto anti-Israel resolutions at the United Nations.
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