On Monday, Israel resume building settlements in the West Bank. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Israelis not to celebrate.
The Prime Minister also called on The Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to”expedited, honest talks” to achieve an “historic” peace deal within a year.
“Israel is ready to pursue continuous contacts in the coming days to find a way to continue peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority,” he said in a statement.
President Barack Obama told Netanyahu maintain the current settlement freeze to support peace talks.
“We keep pushing for the talks to continue,” said State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley in a brief statement, adding that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had twice spoken to Netanyahu Sunday.
Palestinian President Abbas signal talks will end because of the lifting of the moratorium.
In an interview with Al-Hayat newspaper. Abbas said: “No, we will go back to the Palestinian institutions, to the Arab follow-up committee.”