September 26th, 2010
10:41 AM ET

Israel's moratorium on settlement building in West Bank set to expire

A contentious issue between Israelis and Palestinians that some say could derail Mideast peace talks is set to reach a milestone on Sunday.

Israel's moratorium on settlement construction in the West Bank is scheduled to end Sunday. Israelis and Palestinians are in the initial rounds of face-to-face peace talks, and Palestinians have said a restart by the Israelis could be reason enough to end talks.

A massive rally of settlers is expected on Sunday to show support for continued building.

Settlers and members of parliament are expected to "break ground" in the area. Bulldozers are also expected at the scene - a gesture to show that settlers are ready to begin building again.

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  1. Mjpd

    For every house israel builds in west bank israel should build 2 for the palestians

    September 26, 2010 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. phil

    Jews sin. Everyone does. "Sin" literally means to miss the mark of perfection. And obviously, the Jews are not perfect to say the least. The only Jew who never sinned was Jesus, who rejected the Jewish religion and was baptized. The Jews need to repent for their sins and have God's favor restored to ea. individual who does so.

    September 26, 2010 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. wise

    why is this something that cant be settled peacefully? is one saying this is holy ground and one doesnt want the other to have it?

    September 26, 2010 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. phil

    Wise, did colonial Americans settle peacefully with natve Americans? And just because a government declares peace, do the people start caring about each other all of a sudden? Our religious and political leaders have mastered the "art" of keeping people divided for centuries. That will not simply go away.

    September 27, 2010 at 6:32 am | Report abuse | Reply
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