Obama thaw on Israeli settlement construction follows Iran setback, Saudi brush-off
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis
The Obama administration signalled a new mood of compromise on settlement construction just ahead of the key talks in New York between Israel’s defense minister Ehud Barak and prime minister’s adviser Yitzhak Molcho and US envoy George Mitchell Tuesday, June 30.
While the Israeli delegation was still airborne, the US state department spokesman Ian Kelly said: “We’ve been working with all the parties to try and come up with… an environment conducive to the resumption of negotiations. I’m not going to prejudge what happens tomorrow.”