Israeli PM Netanyahu on Sunday said that the ten-months moratorium on
construction activities in the West Bank is "temporary", a decision seen as an attempt to allay fears of settler leaders who have threatened to expand their protests against the move.
Israeli inspectors armed with aerial maps and empowered to confiscate construction equipment have begun enforcing a limited government moratorium on new building in West Bank settlements, officials said on Monday.
Alarmed by Israeli plans to build new housing units in settlements and dimming prospects for American peace efforts, the Obama administration on Friday put out a rare and harsh public rebuke of its main Mideast ally.
The United States has asked Israel to commit to a one-year freeze of West Bank settlement to prod Arab countries to take steps toward normalising relations with the Jewish state, an Israeli newspaper said on Thursday.
Brushing aside the report that Israel and the US are on a "collision course" over constructions in the West Bank settlements, the Jewish state has said that there is "no crisis between the two close allies".