Heading home from Washington, he said progress had been made. But the White House’s relative silence over talks with Benjamin Netanyahu suggests serious differences remain in a spat over Jewish settlements.
After US claims that Vice President Joe Biden was insulted during his recent trip to Israel, Israeli media now says Prime Minister Netanyahu was dealt with like a “problem child.”
“The prime minister of Israel is the representative of the people of Israel and how a prime minister is addressed, treated, affects basically how the people of Israel feel they are being treated,” said Dore Gold, a former Israeli ambassador to the US.
Palestinians demand a settlement freeze in East Jerusalem and the rest of the West Bank. Israel regards all of Jerusalem as its capital.
US and Israeli officials have discussed goodwill gestures to get peace talks back on track. But Netanyahu would need backing from his pro-settler cabinet.