But the Obama administration appeared determined to stand its ground on Monday. State Department spokesman Philip Crowley told reporters that
Washington was waiting for a "formal response by the Israeli government" to "specific" requests made by Clinton to Netanyahu during what all parties described as a tense, 45-minute phone call reportedly made at Obama's direction on Friday afternoon.
While Washington has not yet commented on what those requests are, the Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz said
1. reversing the East Jerusalem announcement;
2. offering a major gesture to the Palestinians, such as a prisoner release; and
3. agreement to peace talks that include final-status issues, including the fate of Palestinian refugees and East Jerusalem, as well as borders.
God has a response for all of this foolishness. It''s found in Ezekiel 38,39!