Washington, March 24: The United States and Israel’s four-day conversation ended without any concrete agreements regarding a policy on settlements. Notably, this is for the first time that the conversation between US and Israeli officials ended with no outcome.
However, both the countries released the joint statement on Thursday night after four days of talks between top officials of US and Israel said the issues are “exceptionally complicated,” therefore talks ended without any agreements. Interestingly, it is a signal that Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s confidence about a renewed diplomatic relations with the US after eight years of tension with the Obama administration may be fading.
“The United States delegation reiterated President Trump’s concerns regarding settlement activity in the context of moving towards a peace agreement,” the statement said. “The Israeli delegation made clear that Israel’s intent going forward is to adopt a policy regarding settlement activity that takes those concerns into consideration.”
Notably, the Trump administration is encouraging the Israeli government to adapt some of its policies toward the Palestinians in preparation for a new round of peace talks. Therefore, both the countries focused on "concrete near-term measures to improve the overall climate in order to advance the prospects for a genuine and lasting peace," both governments said in a joint statement. The joint statement further stated, “The talks were serious and constructive, and they are ongoing.”
The conversation was led by Jason Greenblatt, an adviser to President Donald Trump whom he has tapped to oversee the renewal of peace talks between the Israelis and the Palestinians, and Yoav Horowitz, PM Netanyahu’s chief of staff, and Ron Dermer, the Israeli ambassador to the United States. Interestingly, the talks came just after Greenblatt’s visit to the region last week, which featured two long meetings with Netanyahu and meeting with Palestinian leaders.