With a 10-month moratorium on settlement construction in the West Bank about to expire, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is urging Israeli settlers to show restraint. President Barack Obama has prodded Israel to extend the moratorium, and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas says Israel must choose between peace and the continuation of Jewish settlements.

Turning the Israeli bulldozers loose again would almost certainly derail the latest round of peace talks unfolding in Washington. –JCL

The BBC:

Israel’s prime minister has urged Jewish settlers to show restraint, as the end of a 10-month ban on construction in the West Bank nears.

Benjamin Netanyahu’s comments came as West Bank settlers prepared to resume building if no deal was reached.

Palestinians have said they could leave recently resumed peace talks if the construction freeze is not extended.

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