The Palestinian Prime Minster of the caretaker government, Dr. Salam Fayyad, stated on Sunday that Israel should stop its settlement activity in the West Bank including Jerusalem because the situation is ‘unbearable’ as he described it.

The Palestinian official made his statements during his meeting with the US Vice-President Dick Cheney; in the central West Bank city of Ramallah on Sunday, Fayyad told the American official that the settlement activity is a real threat to the peace process.

Fayyad reiterated the Palestinian demand that Israel most stop attacking the Palestinians in both the Gaza strip and the West Bank in order to create an atmosphere of calm for the Palestinian Israeli talks to continue.

The Palestinian Israeli talks were resumed during the one-day American sponsored Annapolis conference last November.

Primier Fayyad said that it is unlikely for a peace deal to be achieved by the end of 2008 because there are no real intentions to reach such a deal.