Today the Secretary attended the President's meeting this afternoon with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. This came a day after Secretary Clinton called for Israel to halt all construction of settlements, considered illegal by the international community as they are civilian communities built on war-conquered land. Read the post on it here.
But today, just hours before President Obama and Secretary Clinton's meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, the Israeli government flatly rejected the U.S.'s demand.
A spokesman for Mr Netanyahu said that permission would be given to continue construction in existing settlements, some of which are sprawling towns built in the four decades that Israel has occupied the West Bank. “Normal life in those communities must be allowed to continue,” said spokesman Mark Regev.
Mr Netanyahu refuses to endorse the concept of an independent Palestinian state, but today the President insisted that a two-state solution is the only way ahead.