Barak Ravid and Haaretz Service

Bibi Is Trying To Convince Top Ministers To Extend Freeze

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will convene his forum of top ministers on Tuesday afternoon to debate extending Israel’s moratorium on construction in West Bank settlements for 60 days.

Abbas: Peace Talks Are at an Impasse

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Sunday that he was holding Israel responsible for the impasse in direct negotiations, but vowed to continue to search for solutions that could yield to progress in the recently renewed peace process.

Vice PM Silvan Shalom: PA Preconditions Threaten Direct Talks

Preconditions will cause the failure of direct Middle East peace talks, even before negotiations commence, Vice Prime Minister Silvan Shalom told Quartet peace envoy Tony Blair on Monday.

Secret Document Suggests U.S.-Israel Nuclear Agreement

Israel’s Army Radio reported on Wednesday that the United States has sent Israel a secret document committing to nuclear cooperation between the two countries.