Road Map, 2003: "Israel also freezes all settlement activity, consistent with the Mitchell report." the Israeli PM a.g.r.e.e.d. to that condition, and the Knesset r.a.t.i.f.i.e.d. that agreement. It can not be a pre-condition for talks if Israel has alread committed itself to that construction freeze. It did, and now it has to live up to its agreements.
Palestinians report IDF airstrikes on Islamic Jihad targets in southern Gaza Strip (Haaretz)
from the article: After his stint at UN, Abbas is politically stronger than ever