"The opposition, led by Tzipi Livni, accused Netanyahu of trying to perform some sort of conjuring trick, trying to have a freeze and construction at the same time." -- Al-Jazeera
"The settlers of Judea and Samaria should ask themselves why the settlements are not being taken off the agenda. It's hard to find an issue that unites the entire world more than opposition to the settlements." -- Ha'Aretz
"Israel's decision to approve the construction of over 450 new settlement units nullifies any effect that a settlement freeze, when and if announced, will have," -- Saab Erekat, Chief Palestinian Negotiator
George Mitchell, Obama's envoy to the Middle East, will be back in Israel in a week. Netanyahu plans to time his pseudo-freeze with the meeting of the UN General Assembly later this month. Mahmoud Abbas has said, as a result of the settlement announcement, he will not meet with Netanyahu on the side at the UN meeting.
So, will Obama cut off the billions of aid America sends to Israel each year? Will he cut off at least the billion dollars of the three billion that is military aid? Only if he is better than all the U.S. Presidents before him since Lyndon Baines Johnson, all of whom did nothing.