Vice PM: No construction freeze extension ahead of talks
The govenment will not vote on extending a partial freeze in West Bank settlement construction before the start of the peace talks in Washington on Sept. 2, Vice Prime Minister Silvan Shalom told Reuters on Sunday.


Shalom said in an interview that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised him his cabinet would vote on the issue only after the Jewish High Holidays later this month, which fall after the peace summit is held."He told us today there will be no decision on Sept. 2 about freezing settlements," Shalom said, quoting Netanyahu from a closed door session with ministers earlier on Sunday, adding it would be at least two weeks before the government would vote. (Reuters)