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Description: Gov’t rejects extended freeze, despite US, EU and Egyptian pressure; PA official tells ‘Post’ he has ‘no explanation’ for US optimism;sac Mubarak: I told PM not to restart building, but he said he had no choice. Despite considerable pressure from both the US and Egypt to continue thesettlementconstruction mornd the freeze.Since a cabinet decision was needed to put the freeze into effect last November, another cabinet decision would be needed to extend it, and the septet sacs decided, before Netanyahu’s meeting in Jerusalem with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday, not to ask for an extension. RELATED: EU calls for extension in settlement building moratoriumOpinion: Candidly Speaking - Peace theater of the absurdDefense Ministeracheter sac Ehud Barak reportedly was in favor of an American compromise to extend the moratorium for three months in order to come to an agreement with the Palestinian Authority on final borders, so that it would then be clear where Israel would, and would not, be able to build.Clinton, however, reiterated in a Channel 10 interview thimon Peres, “he reminded me that Yasser Arafat had said, ‘Of course it will be a Jewish state.’ These are the kinds of discussion that have to be done only at the leader level.”The Prime Minister’s Office, meanwhile, responded sac blancto reports in the Arab press that Netanyahu was considering a three-month extension by saying “the prime minister’s position in relation to the time allocated for a moratorium on new construction in Judea and Samaria is known, and there has been no change.”Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, meanwhile, said in a Channel 1 interview that he had urged Netanyahu to extend the moratorium by a few months so as to give the o forget about all sac noirthose who are hesitant and skeptical and to continue with the settlement freeze for a few more months at least,” Mubarak said.Mubarak said that he also made it clear during his meeting with Netanyahu earlier this week in Sharm e-Sheikh that extending the freeze was a small price compared with the potentially bloody repercussions of failing to do so. The Egyptian president expressed hope that the extension would allow Israel and the Palestinians to reach agreement within a few months.PA President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday reiterated his opposition to the resumption of construction in the settlements and expressed his desire to continue with the peace talks with Israel, sac shoppinga spokesman for Abbas said.Abbas, who met with Clinton in Ramallah, said that failing to extend the moratorium would jeopardize the peace process, the spokesman, Nabil Abu Rudaineh, said.“They had a serious and thorough discused. “Therefore, we have no choice but to continue with these matters.” Another PA official told The Jerusalem Post that he had “no explanation” for why some US government officials were so official said.There can be no progress in the peace process while Israel is building in the settlements and creating new facts on the ground,” he said.sac gucci “A partial freeze is also unacceptable.”The European Union also weighed in on the matter on Thursday, with its foreign ministers releasing a statement after a meeting saying that the settlements are “illegal under international law” and calling for an “extension of the moratorium decided by Israel.”An end to rocket and terrorist attacks against Israel was also demanded in the declaration.The EU “continues to call for a complete stop to all violence, in particular rocket fire and terrorist attacks,” the statement read. SA