An ongoing debate concerns whether the Obama administration has blinked and will now lay off Israel a bit, or whether it is merely a pause in the action before the steam roller begins up again.
Glenn Kessler says the Barak - Mitchell meeting produced no change at all in the US Administration's hard line on settlements. Israel is spinning a slightly rosier outlook on the impasse. The sometimes reliable Debka.com site also says Obama has backed down, due to his failed charm offensive with Iran. Moshe Arens says Obama has succeeded in uniting Israelis, in opposition to his ham handed pressure.