The Israeli foreign ministry is correct that no other Israeli government has had to stop construction in East Jerusalem before diplomatic negotiations began. The Road Map did not stipulate this as well, but rather left this item for discussion last in the phases of the peace proposal. Mr. Abbas should reconsider and you never know, things may go well into the year of negotiations.
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Alleged assailant behind officer's stabbing in north to remain in custody for 4 more days (Haaretz)
from the article: Israel, Palestinians trade blame for stalled peace talks