On Monday George Mitchell met with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak in New York to continue the ongoing US-Israeli discussion on settlements. Ha’aretz reported on an interesting moment from the meeting in their article “Obama: U.S. will be ‘honest’ with Israel on settlements”:
The disagreement over the understandings concerning the settlements produced an embarrassing encounter in London last week during a meeting between Mitchell, Deputy Prime Minister Dan Meridor and a number of Netanyahu’s advisers.
At the meeting, the Israelis claimed there was a letter between former president George W. Bush and former prime minister Ariel Sharon stating that the settlement blocs would remain in Israeli hands, so construction is permitted there. Mitchell showed the Israelis that one of the letter’s sections discusses the principle of two states for two peoples. “That is also written in the letter – do you agree to that?” he asked.