U.S. Warns Israel: Refrain From Harming Peace Talks

By Barak Ravid (Haaretz)

Published August 24, 2010.

The Obama administration expects Israel to refrain from making any move that could potentially damage peace talks with the Palestinians once they begin, United States Middle East envoy George Mitchell has told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

In recent days, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has made clear that if Israel renews building in West Bank settlements, after a 10-month freeze on settlement construction on September 27, the Palestinian Authority will abandon the direct peace talks.

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