A pre-condition tries to determine (part of) the outcome of negotiations before they are held. If Israel DOES freeze construction of new settlements, this does not determine the outcome of borders etc., so I wouldn't call the Palestinian demand a pre-condition. If Israel does NOT freeze construction, this DOES change the outcome of the talks. Such a freeze is therefore not a "pre-condition" to the talks, but a necessary condition for the talks to be held. Netanyahu no doubt is clever enough to understand this, but Vice PM Silvan Shalom may not be. I think he came from a low socioeconomic background, although he is married to a rich woman. It indicates street-smarts on his part, but not necessarily good language skills.
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from the article: Vice PM: Palestinian preconditions sabotage direct peace talks