Forward Staff and Haaretz

Barak: Decision on Iran Attack 'Very Far Off'

Defense Minister Ehud Barak said the decision about whether Israel would attack Iran’s nuclear program remained “very far off.”

Erekat: Peace Talks Require Settlement Halt

Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said that peace talks are contingent on a halt to West Bank settlement construction — and that he doesn’t expect any major progress to come out of his talks with an Israeli envoy, unless Israel agrees to that condition.