Isn’t Israel supposed to be negotiating with the Palestinians here? Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has offered to extend a freeze on settlement construction in the West Bank—a key sticking point with Palestinians in peace talks—if the U.S. will free Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard, who has been in custody since 1987. Israeli Army radio says Netanyahu offered to extend the moratorium for three months in exchange for Pollard; however, U.S. intelligence is likely to nix any such deal. Meanwhile, Haaretz says that the U.S. is concerned peace talks will fall apart in the coming days over the settlement issue.
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