The United States affirmed late on Thursday that its policy on Israeli settlements in the West Bank will not change as it continues attempts to restart talks between Palestinians and Israelis.
“The position of the United States on Israeli settlements has not changed and will not change. Like every American administration for decades, we do not accept the legitimacy of continued settlement activity. President Obama’s recent speech offered our views on the way forward”, said the State Department in a statement.
Meanwhile, the State Department also said that Acting Special Envoy for Middle East Peace David Hale and Special Assistant to the President Dennis Ross travelled to the region this week “as part of our efforts to get the parties back to the negotiating table”.
The two US officials met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli negotiator Yitzhak Molho, and Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad while Hale also met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat.