Israel awaits US assurances on moratorium proposal

JERUSALEM — Israel’s leader is waiting for a crucial document from the US meant to persuade hard-liners in his government to renew a ban on settlement construction so that the stalled Mideast peace talks can resume.

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Published: Thu 18 Nov 2010, 11:53 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 8:16 AM

A US official says Washington is drafting a letter detailing understandings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the proposed 90-day building moratorium.

Netanyahu’s allies who can make or break the deal say they will let it go through if Israel gets explicit US assurances the building limits would apply only to the West Bank and not to east Jerusalem.

Palestinians want construction to halt in both areas.

Netanyahu also wants the letter to state the proposed moratorium would be the last. An Israeli vote on it could come as early as Thursday.

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