Lets give you the news behind the headlines as the question of the building freeze casts it's long dark shadow over the peace process.
Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu is circumventing the issue he most has to deal with by giving a “green light” to a Member of his Likud party's initiative on preparing a draft law for the outcome of the peace process itself.
Here's how it works; it's being proposed that a “Referendum on Agreement”, according to which if a peace agreement is achieved with the Palestinians and approved by the Government, that the people will be “asked to decide”. Now the proponent of the bill is essentially saying that “there is nothing more democratic than asking the people”.
Now the construction freeze ends on Sunday, and Palestinian President Muhmoud Abbas has promised that, “If the freeze continues an agreement is possible.”
So Mr. Netanyahu is going back to the demand that Palestinians must recognize Israel being defined as a Jewish state.
Mr. Abbas's reply: “You can call yourselves the Jewish Empire for all I care.”
This is exactly what Mr. Netanyahu wants, as he is now free to say that it is impossible to set conditions just moments before the start of negotiations.
The Government is also ramping up the pressure on the American administration and the Palestinians.
Member of the Knesset Eli Yishai who is Chairman of the powerful ultra orthodox Shas party has said that there will be neither a partial nor a continuation of a full freeze. He made his comments in his party's journal that the construction of 1,700 residential units in Jerusalem's Ramat Shlomo neighborhood will proceed as stated during US Vice President Joe Biden's visit.
This was the incident that sent US Israel relations to their lowest depths in decades.
Mr. Yishai went on to attack Mr. Abbas by saying that he embraces terrorism, so therefore, negotiations are pointless.
On the international stage, the Quartet has demanded that Israel extend it's construction freeze. They are concerned over the future of the negotiations, and are imploring Israel to extend the settlements construction freeze.
Look for a statement to be made at the UN in New York, where the group will demand that the two sides avoid “provocative actions” and perhaps propose an international summit in Moscow.
Check in with me Live on tomorrows Harvest Show for the latest developments.
Have a great day,
Middle East Correspondent