Are the settlements an excuse not to make peace?

BBC World Service - World, Have your say aired on Tuesday September 28, 2010.

They're often cited as the biggest obstacle to peace in the Middle East and its taken just three weeks before the issue has caused major problems in the talks.

The US has sent its Middle East Envoy to try and resolve the situation but have the settlements now become an excuse not to seek peace?

Abbas agrees to peace talks based on 1967 borders
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from
December 31, 1969 - 8:00pm

President Mahmoud Abbas has told France he is ready to attend a Paris peace conference if Israel accepts talks based on the 1967 borders, an aide told AFP Sunday. Nimr Hammad, a political adviser to Abbas, said the president had told French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe that he agreed officially to a French proposal to host a peace conference in Paris before July. Juppe raised the possibility of the conference during a visit to Israel and the West Bank this week.

ATFP Senior Fellow joins Al-Hurra panel to discuss the latest developments