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Netanyahu: Construction Has ‘No Bearing’ on Peace Deal

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A neighbourhood in Ariel, Israel. Speaking behind closed doors at the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that if peace negotiations with the Palestinians are started, they are expected to “be long and tough,” but that the alternative Israel faces is “a binational state, which Israel does not want,” Israel Hayom reported.

During a separate Likud faction meeting on Monday, Netanyahu said, “The construction in Jerusalem will continue regardless of the negotiations with the Palestinians.” The prime minister was commenting on an Army Radio report quoting Israeli Housing Ministry sources as saying there was a de facto building moratorium in eastern Jerusalem and in Judea and Samaria. Netanyahu told the Knesset members that construction in Judea and Samaria “has no bearing on the peace deal.”

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