JERUSALEM, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Sunday his 10-month freeze on new Jewish settlements shows Israel wants peace with Palestinians.
Speaking Sunday at his weekly Cabinet meeting, Netanyahu said the move in the occupied territories makes it "clear who wants peace and who rejects peace," the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported.
"The decision serves wide interests of the state of Israel, and it is clear who wants peace and who rejects peace," Netanyahu said. "The state of Israel wants peace in the clearest possible fashion."
Netanyahu made the comments as Jewish West Bank settlers clashed with Israeli inspectors looking to enforce the ban on expansion, witnesses said.
Fighting reportedly erupted in the West Bank settlement of Kedumin when police forcibly evacuated about 100 right-wing activists who had blocked nearby roads in a bid to prevent authorities from handing out orders to implement the moratorium.
Palestinian leaders have rejected the freeze as insufficient because it doesn't include East Jerusalem or 3,000 housing units under construction, Haaretz said.