The U.S. is dealing with an Israeli government that is ideologically committed to expanding and preserving illegal settlements in the West Bank. It is a government that rejects a two-state solution, notwithstanding a politically expedient speech by PM Netanyahu at Bar Ilan University. Such a government is not going to be dissuaded from what it is doing by quiet entreaties from U.S. diplomats.
Washington, D.C., June 5, 2014, State Department
MS. HARF: I’m not going to use those words. I think I’ll stick with: We’re deeply disappointed; again, difficult to understand how these contribute to peace, and would urge both sides to refrain from unhelpful actions that increase tension.