The Israeli side is presenting the most absurd argument. If these negotiations are more important than settlement construction then the freeze should be continued for the sake of success of these talks. If Netanyahu risks political suicide should he press ahead with settlement freeze, an unimportant issue according to Peres, then what bold steps and compromises will he be able to offer? This is typical of Israeli behavior, a nuclear and economic behemoth demanding concessions from the stateless Pals without offering anything concrete in return. Only Israel should be held responsible for the failure of these talks, but lets see how the media will spin this one, as they did the Camp David negotiations...
Two mortar shells explode in Golan Heights, no casualties or damage reported (Haaretz)