#AceWorldNews – TEL AVIV – March 31 – It will be clear within “days” whether the Israeli-Palestinian talks will be extended beyond April 29 deadline, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday.
“It could be a matter of just days,” Netanyahu told ministers from his Likud Party.
“Either the matter will be resolved or it will blow up. And in any case, there won’t be any deal without Israel knowing clearly what it will get in exchange,” he said as diplomatic efforts continue to prevent a collapse of the negotiations over a dispute about Palestinian prisoners.
Earlier, Tel Aviv informed the Palestinians that they would not free the detainees.
The Palestinians said they will not consider extending the talks without the prisoners being freed.
Speaking today, Alistair Burt said:
I warmly welcome the positive steps announced by Israel in recent days towards assisting the Palestinian economy in advance of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee meeting on 25 September. Measures such as allowing construction materials for private projects into Gaza and convening joint Israeli-Palestinian committees on water and agriculture are positive signals of intent as both sides seek to move forward in peace negotiations. The UK looks forward to further progress in the days and months ahead in both the economic and political spheres. We will continue to support efforts to achieve a sovereign and prosperous Palestinian state alongside a safe and secure Israel.