"United States believed that "once that negotiation starts, it will be incumbent upon both the Israelis and Palestinians to avoid steps that can complicate that negotiation." " Who is this man kidding. The Palestinians have nothing to lose by not participating as they have probably lost everything anyway trying to bargin from a position of weakness with two parties who don't in fact want the process of talking endlessly about "peace" to ever end.
Syrian troops sieze village above rebel-held parts of Aleppo (Reuters)
from the article: U.S.: Settlement freeze will be discussed during direct peace talks