The announcement was not "ill-timed". It was timed to coincide with Peres' visit. There is much precedent to such timing. It's all part of the smoke and mirrors. So is the carefully chosen and timed language of the US. Israel exists due to US support, mainly in the form of advanced military weaponry and builds settlements only as long as the US participates in this seductive dance and allows and encorages it. If it really becomes inconvenient for the US they will say so and stop them in their tracks, the Torah not withstanding. Ask Saddam about the self-interest of US support--oops I forget they hung him. There are scores of other examples in history. Just for the record I'm a Zionist Israeli-American against the settlements and the occupation.
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