| GEO World|
| Abbas says peace deal possible in 6 months|
| Updated at: 1214 PST, Wednesday, December 16, 2009|
RAMALLAH: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says he has told Israel's defense minister a peace deal could be reached in six months if Israel freezes settlement construction during that time.
Abbas says he made the proposal when he spoke on the phone with Ehud Barak three weeks ago. Abbas told Israel's daily in an interview published Wednesday that he has not received an Israeli response.
Israel has rejected Palestinian and U.S. demands that it freeze settlement building in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, war-won lands the Palestinians want for a future state.