"Jewish settlers began building in several West Bank settlements hours after a 10-month partial moratorium on construction ended and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged Palestinian leaders not to abandon peace talks.The Palestinians threatening to walk if the settlements are not stopped are the same ones refusing to recognize Israel.
Crews began work early today on dozens of homes in a new neighborhood in the Ariel settlement, municipal spokeswoman Chen Kedem said in a phone interview. Naftali Bennett, director- general of the Yesha Council, which represents the 300,000 Israeli settlers in the West Bank, said construction is also taking place in the settlements of Oranit and Adam.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has said he can’t continue with peace talks that started earlier this month in Washington if Israel keeps building settlements. Netanyahu has said his government doesn’t plan to continue the freeze.
“I hope that President Abbas will continue the talks and continue with me the path to peace that we began three weeks ago,” Netanyahu said in a text message sent to journalists from his office minutes after the midnight deadline that ended the freeze."
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