Tweeters are wondering whether this was just a mistake on Reuters’ part or if Secretary of State John Kerry actually made this pronouncement:

If Reuters’ tweet is accurate … wow.

For what it’s worth:

We will, of course, continue to monitor this story and update with further developments.

Editor’s note: This post has been updated with additional tweets.



Reuters’ Warren Strobel includes this in his report:

Kerry Israeli settlements





State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki made a similar point at a press briefing last week:

QUESTION: Jen, do you have any comment on the Israeli decision to build 800 more housing units?

MS. PSAKI: Well, Said, our position on settlements has not changed. We do not accept the legitimacy of continued settlement activity and oppose any efforts to legitimize settlement outposts. The Secretary has made clear that he believes both of the negotiating teams are at the table in good faith and are committed to working together to make progress. We are speaking to the Government of Israel and making our concerns known.

(Thanks to Jeryl Bier for the Psaki tip.)