I was hoping this wouldn't happen, but it did! We've all seen it before a top diplomat and here a VP from the U.S. shows up and the same day announcements are made about construction somewhere. This took the cake though, one national news guy here was so upset he misstated "1600 homes" and said "1600 new settlements". Then the new construction in East J. for the cherry on top. Israel there is a PR war going on out here, and your losing. Now if this turns out that you abandon these projects for a deal it may a good move(to trade nothing for something) but at a high negative PR price.
Three Jews arrested in Damascus Gate in E. Jerusalem after attacking residents, police (Haaretz)
from the article: The U.S. will no longer turn a blind eye to Israeli settlements