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Mideast Talks Teeter as the Settlement Freeze Expires JERUSALEM — Israel ’s freeze on Jewish settlement construction in the West Bank expired at midnight, but Palestinians did not immediately carry out a threat to quit peace negotiations as several settlements resumed limited home building on Monday and American-led efforts to save the talks moved into high gear. For President Obama , who had publicly called on Israel to extend the freeze, the Israeli decision was another setback in what has been a tortuous effort to help resolve one of the world’s most intractable conflicts. American officials were desperately seeking a formula to satisfy both sides — an effort that failed to produce a compromise from the Israelis but that may have helped persuade the Palestinians to delay a decision on abandoning the talks until the Palestinian Authority president, Mahmoud Abbas , consults with Arab leaders in coming days. Speaking in Paris during an official visit to France on Monday, Mr. Abbas said there would be no “quick decision” on whether to withdraw from the peace talks, and he would consult with Arab leaders next Monday on how to proceed, according to The Associated Press. The announcement appeared designed to give American mediators time to continue diplomacy, but it remained unclear how Arab leaders would react. United States officials have said in recent weeks that the Arab world is eager for the talks to continue. But Arab officials have said numerous times that settlement building and peace-making cannot go together. Mr. Abbas was speaking at a news conference with President Nicolas Sarkozy , who said he would seek to host talks in Paris in October with Mr. Abbas, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel and President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt in advance of a November summit meeting of European and Mediterranean leaders, news reports said. The Palestinian leader urged Israel to extend the freeze on settlement for “three or four months more to give peace a chance.” Israeli newspapers reported that Defense Minister Ehud Barak had returned from the United States with compromise proposals that would involve American letters of assurance for each side. For the Palestinians, those would involve Jerusalem and borders, for the Israelis, identifying the country as the nation state of the Jewish people and a plan for security along its eastern border. But details of the negotiations remained tightly held.
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Minutes after the 10-month moratorium on building expired, Prime Minister Netanyahu issued a statement calling on Mr. Abbas “to continue the good and sincere talks that we have just started, in order to reach an historic peace agreement between our two peoples.” Mr. Netanyahu made no reference to the settlement freeze, which Mr. Abbas has repeatedly said must be extended in order for the Palestinians to remain in negotiations with Israel. Getting past this obstacle has overshadowed all the other issues in the first direct talks between Israelis and
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