As US Middle East peace envoy George Mitchell arrived in Israel on Thursday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insisted there will be no halt to settlement building in East Jerusalem, even as a far right political ally hinted at some flexibility over a freeze.
Officials in Israel refused to comment on a plan floated by the Obama administration for a four-month building freeze in East Jerusalem, according to a report in Haaretz. Analysts say the plan won't fly with Netanyahu's conservative coalition partners.
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