Talks between the United States and Israel over a settlement freeze have ended, a State Department official said Tuesday, and the U.S. has abandoned its efforts to secure a settlement freeze as a precondition to re-start talks.
"We have determined a moratorium extension at this time will not provide the best basis for direct negotiations," the official said.
The official called the decision to end talks a "joint determination" and
said the U.S. would be continuing to engage both parties on all core
issues in the effort to reach a settlement.