Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has agreed to urge his cabinet to pass a temporary 90-day construction ban in the West Bank settlements to break a long-standing impasse in the country’s peace talks with the Palestinian Authority, The New York Times reports, citing an official familiar with the meeting held between the U.S. and Israel on Nov. 13. In return, the U.S. offered a USD3 billion package of fighter jets and security incentives. The Obama administration also promised to block any U.N. Security Council attempt to shape a final peace deal between the two parties. The New York Times notes that it is unclear whether Netanyahu will be able to persuade his Cabinet to accept the U.S.’s deal, given how the body is reluctant to freeze any construction in the West Bank settlements.

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    As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.