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Israel's Netanyahu denies settlement freeze

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Israel's Netanyahu denies settlement freeze


He is under intense international pressure but Israel’s prime minister denies he has agreed to suspend Jewish settlement building.

Visiting the villa where the Nazis drew up plans for their so-called “Final Solution” to exterminate Jews, Benjamin Netanyahu spoke out on a trip to Berlin. The Holocaust remains a powerful emotional symbol, casting a shadow over Israeli relations with Germany. Along with Iran, the stalled Middle East peace process was at the heart of his discussions with Chancellor Angela Merkel who urged a halt to Israel’s settlement programme. Having so far resisted such demands, Netanyahu said rumours he had agreed to a temporary freeze had no foundation and were incorrect. Such rumours are fuelled by reports the Israeli leader could meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas next month. A halt to settlement building is a Palestinian pre-condition for resuming peace talks. However, a senior US official suggested yesterday that discussions could possibly restart without a complete freeze.

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