The killing of four Jewish settlers in the West Bank will not derail Thursday’s peace talks according to leaders arriving in Washington.
The victims which included a pregnant woman were shot in their car near Hebron. The military wing of Hamas said they did it.
Hamas which controls Gaza is against the US brokered talks as are many Jewish settlers who fear their own security might by at stake in any peace deal.
As Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived for a preliminary meeting with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton he gave his reaction to the attack.
“We will not let terror decide where Israelis live or the configuration of our final borders. These and other issues will be determined in the negotiations for peace we are conducting,” said the Israeli leader.
Netanyahu is aware the issue of Jewish settler construction is a deal breaker in the negotiations with the Palestinians.
Their President Mahmoud Abbas, who also condemned the Hamas attack, has stressed that any further settler expansion and the first face to face talks for 20 months with Israel will be off.