US officials have insisted progress was made during some nine months of intense shuttle diplomacy, but have resisted calls to formulate Washington’s own peace plan as a means of bringing the two sides back to the negotiating table.
“It’s up to the parties to take steps,” Psaki said.
“We know what the issues are, we know what the conditions would be, but it’s up to them. So we’re only going to take steps that we think would be productive.”
Psaki on Monday blasted Israel for approving plans for 500 settler homes in East Jerusalem.
The office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last week said it would build more than 1,000 new settler homes in the part of the holy city captured in the 1967 Six-Day War.
“It would be unfortunate” if after “the unequivocal and unanimous” opposition of the US and international community “Israeli authorities would actively seek to move these plans forward,” Psaki said.
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