The Prime Minister’s Office on Tuesday sent a letter to U.S. President Barack Obama requesting the release of convicted spy Jonathan Pollard for humanitarian reasons.
Negotiations between Israel and the U.S. government regarding Israel’s renewal of a moratorium on West Bank settlement construction in exchange for an American letter of guarantees have failed, according to a senior Israeli official.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared on Tuesday that Israel had proved its commitment to peace before both in words and actions, after U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged Jerusalem to do more to prove it was serious about the Middle East process.
The security cabinet voted Wednesday to impose a partial 10-month freeze on construction in West Bank settlements, which will not apply to East Jerusalem, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced yesterday. He said the partial freeze was a bid to restart stalled peace talks with the Palestinians.