What atmosphere is Obama trying to create coming into negotiation? One where Israelis are pressured, forced, and then silenced? I've got news for the loony lefties out there - Israelis know and understand exactly what's happening - trying to silence them is counter productive. Of course, people have been trying to tell Obama that his actions with regards to Israel are counter productive - they just keep hitting the same wall of hostility there.
US officials: Barkat undermines talks effort
Senior administration figures tell Defense Minister Barak that Jerusalem mayor's conduct contradicts peace negotiation efforts. Barkat: Freeze on east Jerusalem construction 'illegal'
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