Friday, November 16, 2007

Israel moves to curb any changes to Jerusalem

By Isabel Kershner from The New York Times (US)

The newspaper Haaretz reported Wednesday that, before the Annapolis meetings, Israel will announce a freeze on settlement construction in the West Bank and declare its willingness to dismantle illegal West Bank settlements. Such a move could help persuade Saudi Arabia, which does not have diplomatic relations with Israel, to attend the meeting. Saudi officials have indicated that they would be more likely to attend if Israel first shows signs of what they see as serious intent. The Jerusalem bill, put forth by more than 20 rightist and religious lawmakers, has a long way to go before it becomes law.

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