When the President, even the Secretary of State, is willing to adopt a forceful position opposing settlements, underlining how U.S. aid facilitates their construction, demanding that Israel close the "illegal settlements" (albeit a redundancy) as they long ago promised, and emphasizing that the U.S. is ready to start discussions with Israel over a plan to relocate most of the colonists to within the 1967 borders of Israel, then you will know that they are being serious.
Until then it is just a waste of jet fuel, and yet another exercise in wane diplomacy by an official who is only slightly less disappointing than the president she serves.
FT.com / World / Middle East - Rice criticises Israel settlement surge
New Peace Now report on settlements.
Rice in Ramallah, August 26, 2008.