I have the highest confidence in the integrity of the Haaretz editorial board, and Barak Ravid is an excellent reporter, so I do not doubt the authenticity of this report; but are you sure that your source is truthful, and not simply lying to undermine Barak? First, I cannot believe that the heads of the American administration and their advisors are such nincompoops that they cannot evaluate Barak's true weight in the coalition. Secondly, the “written” guarantees and their role in according Barak VIP status at the White House. What guarantees are those? All the fleshy info about these illusive guarantees came from Netanyahu’s office. A letter had been drafted and was supposed to be sent, but it never materialized. Then we were told the US agreed to exclude Jerusalem from the construction freeze, but Clinton categorically denied that. There was talk that in addition to the F35s that Israel would buy, more of them would be given to her as a free gift. That also was denied by American sources. Finally, Netanyahu announced that he was waiting for an outline of his 7-hour talk with Clinton after the New Orleans function. That outline was to serve as a basis for the deliberation of the inner cabinet; but spokesmen for the Administration scoffed at the idea that the American government would put such an outline in writing. And finally the Americans unceremoniously dropped the whole initiative. Clearly, if the US was willing to give any guarantees, they were not on the scale claimed by Netanyahu’s office and certainly not in writing. So what was Barak really supposed to sell, and to whom?
U.S. says working on initiative to de-escalate Syria fighting, with focus on Aleppo (Reuters)
from the article: U.S. officials: Barak 'deceived' us about his role in peace process