US, Israel Talks on Settlement Policy 'Inconclusive,' White House Says

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) meets with Jason Greenblatt, Donald Trump's special representative for global negotiations at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem, March 13, 2017.

"The reports concerning Mr. Greenblatt's visit to Israel and any purported United States demands of Israel in talks regarding the settlements are false", the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Four days of "intensive" discussions between the Trump administration and senior Israeli officials in Washington have ended without an agreement on a settlement construction policy.

The Trump administration has told Israel to build within the boundaries of existing settlements and not to establish new communities, according to the sources.

A Palestinian teenager was shot dead by Israeli forces during clashes in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on Thursday, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the subsequent peace summit in Paris "a relic of the past", and "the last gasp of the past before the future sets in", in an apparent reference to foreign policy changes under Donald Trump.

Instead of halting the expansion, Israel authorized "a high rate" of new settlement schemes, UN Middle East envoy Nickolay Mladenov told the UN Security Council on Friday.

A statement from the defense team called for the charges against them to be dismissed, as "the indictment is based on [the] testimony of a soldier who retracted his mistaken claims" and said that the soldiers were attacked first by the Palestinian man.

Following a meeting with Netanyahu last month, Trump urged Netanyahu to curb new housing construction while he pursued a peace deal, a position past presidents have adopted.

Most countries consider Israeli settlements to be illegal.

Following the meeting with Greenblatt, Abbas's office stated that the Palestinian leader believes "that under President Trump's leadership a historic peace deal is possible, and that it will enhance security throughout the region". Trump has said he wants Kushner to lead the peace process.

"I'm looking at two-state and one-state" formulations, Trump said alongside Netanyahu. "I can live with either one".

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