Clinton and Obama seeking a building freeze in Ramot and Gilo "all but broke the chances" of 2-state resolution ever materialising. What rubbish! If Israel is not willing to show sufficient goodwill towards getting talks off the ground by freezing building in settlements such as Gilo and Ramot, it clearly has no interest in reaching a viable settlement. Yes, settlements that ring Jerusalem will almost certainly in any final agreement fall within Israel. But that Israel has to shove this in the Palestinians' face before talks have even started, and is prepared to stop parties getting round the table because of it shows what Israel is really interested in. And this is in not holding talks that are meant to lead to 2-state resolution. Any excuse will in fact do. If its not over being asked to cease building in settlements close to the green line, than Israel is happy to accuse Assad of not genuinely wanting peace - or whatever. Israel's game-playing is by now well=known the world over!
13 security personnel killed in Iraq suicide bombing (DPA)