The Americans have relayed messages to both Israel and the Palestinian Authority in recent days, urging the two sides to moderate their positions in order for a meeting to take place.
The Spanish foreign minister told Netanyahu that Mitchell had told him the United States was demanding a year-long freeze. Netanyahu did not offer any details but said that the “matter had not yet been finalized.”
The prime minister would like to see a six-month freeze go into effect, while analysts have said that a likely compromise will result in a nine-month freeze.
Netanyahu said the U.S. administration continues to pressure the Arab states, and a certain amount of progress had been achieved in a number of Persian Gulf states.