"Delivering what for the Bush administration is rare criticism of Israel over its settlements policy, Ms Rice said she had told Ehud Olmert's government it must concentrate on building confidence with the Palestinians in the aftermath of the recent Annapolis conference.
"Speaking in Brussels, where she met Tzipi Livni, Israeli foreign ministerin a Nato foreign ministers meeting, Ms Rice said of the plan: "We are in a time when the goal is to build maximum confidence with the parties and this doesn't help to build confidence . . .
""There should not be anything which might prejudge final-status negotiations. It's even more important now that we are on the eve of the beginning of the negotiations. I made that position clear.""