Palestinian official: Israel´s new unity cabinet must freeze all settlement activity (HAŽARETZ NEWS) By DPA 05/09/12)
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Israel´s incoming unity government must halt all settlement activity
on occupied land, if it wants peace negotiations, a Palestinian
official said Tuesday.
"This is the right time for the Israeli government to reach peace
with the Palestinian people by immediately accepting the requirements
of the peace process," said Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas´
spokesman, Nabil Abu Rudeineh.
"This demands an immediate halt to settlement activities in all the
Palestinian territories," he said in a statement on the official
Palestinian Wafa news agency.
Earlier on Tuesday, Netanyahu and Mofaz reached a surprise agreement
to form a national unity government, a decision which came as the
Knesset was preparing to disperse for early elections, which were
expected to be scheduled for September 4.
Speaking at a joint press conference with Mofaz on Tuesday, Netanyahu
said the unity government was formed to tackle the" toughest
questions facing Israel."
"And here were are together, Shaul and I and the rest of the
coalition, saying we´re pulling together for four main issues: to
pass a fair and equal replacement of the Tal Law; to pass a
responsible budget; to change the system of governance; and, lastly,
to try and promote a responsible peace process."(© Copyright 2012
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