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JERUSALEM, Oct. 29 (KATAKAMI / UPI) — Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu wants to extend a West Bank building freeze but lacks government support to do so, sources told The Jerusalem Post.
Despite his efforts, Netanyahu has failed to garner the necessary support to extend a building freeze, a move that would help to bring Israel and the Palestinians back to the negotiating table, a report in Post said.
The report said that, until now, the prime minister has failed to give any indication concerning his views on extending the freeze and whether he will bring it up for a vote before the Cabinet.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has insisted that no progress will be made in peace negotiations unless Israel imposes a freeze on building in West Bank settlements.
A 10-month freeze imposed by the Israeli government in an effort to move the peace process forward expired Sept. 26.