On Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu paid a visit to Washington, where he warned that the current controversy over Israel’s settlement plans for East Jerusalem could stall the Mideast peace process. –KA

Reuters via The New York Times:

“We must not be trapped by an illogical and unreasonable demand,” Netanyahu told U.S. Congressional leaders during a Washington visit, according to his spokesman. “It could put the peace negotiations on hold for another year.”

The Palestinians retreated from their agreement to begin indirect, U.S.-mediated peace negotiations with Israel two weeks ago after it announced plans to construct 1,600 homes for Jews in an area of the occupied West Bank annexed to Jerusalem.

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