RAMALLAH, April 29 (JMCC) - Despite reports that Israeli officials are quietly implementing a settlement
freeze in Jerusalem
, city mayor Nir Barkat insists that construction continues on.
Mr Barkat vigorously denied reports that the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has quietly instructed officials to halt construction in East Jerusalem while publicly announcing the opposite.
The answer is no, a clear no, said Mr Barkat when asked if Israel would cease building in East Jerusalem until new talks are launched. There is no freeze. It's not true.
Palestinians have boycotted the Jerusalem city government, refusing to vote in elections and run for office, since Israel
occupied the eastern part of the city in 1967.Read
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