Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Donald Trump's Special Representative, Jason Greenblatt, met one more time Thursday (March 16) for what the prime minister called "another positive discussion regarding the shared interest of the United States and Israel".
"Our intention is to reach an agreed policy for building in settlements which is agreeable to us, not only to the Americans", Netanyahu said ahead of the meeting.
"To the settlers of Amona, I repeat, I gave you a commitment to build a new settlement and I will honour my commitment", Netanyahu said in public remarks at the start of a cabinet meeting.
Netanyahu met with Greenblatt on Monday.
The meetings are part of the White House efforts to formulate a new solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
"Naturally, this will be good for the State of Israel since we have not been in these processes for many years", he added. "It is not yet open to the press".
However, before the second meeting, Netanyahu said that he hoped an agreement could be reached with Washington on future Israeli settlements, Reuters reported.
"Those discussions are continuing between the White House and the Prime Minister's Office", according to the statement. It was razed last month after the Israeli supreme court ruled the homes must be removed because they were built on privately owned Palestinian land. "We must make a drastic change and stop this edicts [against settlement activity] that harm the basic rights" of the Jewish communities in the West Bank, Dagan said.
About 385,000 Israeli citizens live in West Bank while 200,000 live in East Jerusalem.
The Yesha Council, the main Israeli settler organization, said it was believed to be the highest level official meeting ever for the organization with a USA administration.
One of the criticisms Palestinians have made of Trump is that he is too pro-Israel, especially with his promise during the campaign to move the USA embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and his soft-pedalling on Israeli settlement-building. "I'm looking at two-state and one-state..." The Palestinians believe East Jerusalem to be their land, but Israel has been forcefully denying Palestinians the territory.