September 26th, 2010
07:33 PM ET

Israel's moratorium on settlement building in West Bank ends

Israeli settlers cheered Sunday's expiration of a moratorium on building new settlements in the West Bank as Israel's prime minister urged Palestinians not to walk away from newly resumed peace talks over the lapsed restrictions.

Israel "is ready to hold continuous contacts in the coming days in order to find a way to continue the peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement from his office shortly after the moratorium expired at midnight Sunday (6 p.m. ET). He asked Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to "stay in the talks and, with me, continue on the road towards peace."

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  1. phil

    So if Israeli and Palestinian leaders declare peace, will their peoples start liking each other all of a sudden?

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