Either netanyahu and his cronies are lying or the government is in such choas they could never arrive at a consensus for entering into negotiations. Clearly, the government knew and cannot pretend one hand doesnt know what the other is doing. The timing was meant to be a slap in the face to Biden. What Israel is saying by this is that EJerusalem belongs to Israel and the Jews and not the Palestinians. They are succeeding in judaising the city, making the Arab prsence there a museum piece so they can trot out their usual propganda on how much of an open democracy they are. But this move was well planned and most intentional. The too late apologies make a mockery of their sincerity.
Jordan foreign minister says to speak with Kerry on Israel-Palestinian conflict (Reuters)
from the article: Arab League chief: Abbas won't enter indirect peace talks now