Finding a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has once again become more complicated. The 10-month moratorium that limited the expansion of Israeli settlements in the West Bank expired on September 26, allowing building to resume in the region. Since West Bank and Gaza are parts of the present-day Israel that Palestine lays claim to and wants to be part of a proposed Arab state, Palestine is unnerved by Israel’s occupation of the land (which is also viewed by many countries as illegal by international law). Palestine, the United States and other major world figures are pushing for an extension of the moratorium as a pre-condition for the resumption of peace talks between Israel and Palestine. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas immediately began working with the U.S., a close ally of Israel, on finding a solution and has given negotiators until early November to resolve the issue with Israel.

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