Not only freeze, but a complete surrender to the Palestinian Authority.
This is the demand from the United Nations, handed over to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Just a day after Mahmoud Abbas signaled that he do not want to talk about peace anymore, the United Nations rallied behind Ramallah.
In a telephone conversation with Netanyahu, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that Israel should not only continue the freeze, but expand it in compliance with Palestinian demands. The 10-month freeze did not include the eastern half of Jerusalem.
The Palestinian Authority on Saturday predictably declared that it would not continue peace negotiations with Israel unless the limited building of new Jewish homes in existing Jewish towns in Judea and Samaria was halted completely.
The demand includes the eastern half of Jerusalem, which the Palestinians claim as their capital city. Also the Israeli opposition leader Tzipi Livni jumped at the opportunity to publicly scold Netanyahu.
“Netanyahu must choose [to act in] the real long-term interest of Israel rather than in his own personal political interest,” said Livni, adding that her Kadima Party would fight any decisions that could derail negotiations, in effect giving the Palestinians full leverage over Netanyahu on a domestic political level.
Source: Israeli Magazine, Israel Today.