“The settlements aren’t the be-all, end-all” of American policy efforts, one State Department official told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday. “Our ultimate goal [is] to create the conditions for negotiations.”
The official said that while the new West Bank construction didn’t help reach that goal, “this doesn’t mean we’re going to stop working toward setting the conditions for negotiations.”
And while Palestinian and Arab officials have lashed out at the decision, they’ve stopped short of pulling out of the process.
“It’s not going to be fatal to anything. It just complicates things,” said Gaith Al-Omari, advocacy director for the American Task Force on Palestine.