Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has offered to renew a temporary ban on settlement construction in the West Bank if the Palestinian Authority recognizes Israel “as the nation state of the Jewish people.”
“I will say this publicly now. If the Palestinian leadership would say to its people that they recognize Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people, I would be willing to gather my government and ask for an additional suspension,” Netanyahu said, according to CNN.
Palestinian President Mahmouc Abbas has repeatedly threatened to walk away from peace talks if Israel did not extend a construction ban in the West Bank, which expired Sept. 23.
Meanwhile, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has stressed that the doors to a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinian territories should be kept open. Canada also expressed its support for the peace talks, with Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Lawrence Canon noting that a well-negotiated agreement between Israel and the Palestinian territories will eventually stabilize the region.