Netanyahu does not have the political power to freeze settlement construction. If he does, his coalition will fall apart. Why won't Abbas recognize this? Does he want settlements, or a partner in peace negotiations? Someone suggested that the U.S. impose sanctions on Israel. As an American Jew, I can tell you that that will never happen. It might be the right thing to do, to pressure Israel, but our Zionist establishment here supports any action Israel does. I wish J-Street had a bigger voice.
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from the article: Abbas: No quick decision on future of Middle East peace talks