JERUSALEM – Israel's prime minister on Thursday rejected U.S. calls to halt construction in disputed , clouding a new peace mission by Washington's Mideast envoy.
Benjamin Netanyahu's comments were broadcast on Israel's Channel 2 TV shortly after envoy George Mitchell arrived for his first visit in six weeks. Mitchell's efforts had been on hold due to disagreements over east Jerusalem, the section of the holy city claimed by Israel and the Palestinians.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
"I am saying one thing. There will be no freeze in Jerusalem," said. "There should be no preconditions to talks."