QUESTION: Can you respond to the -- Israel’s announcement yesterday, I believe, of a new 1,300 home settlement in East Jerusalem, and how you expect to be able to, you know, talk to both sides about this since that’s precisely the thing that the Palestinians regard as the greatest obstacle?
SECRETARY RICE: Well, it will certainly be a topic of conversation and I expect to raise it with all of Israel’s officials and leaders. And we’ve said before that this is a time to try and build confidence, and this is simply not helpful to building confidence. [and what is, Madame Secretary?] And so we’ll have a further discussion of it, but I intend to have a discussion of Roadmap obligations generally, and this is obviously a Roadmap obligation that’s not being met.
QUESTION: Madame Secretary, you are not annoyed that every time you go there, there is a new announcement of settlements, either just before you come or just after you leave?
SECRETARY RICE: Unfortunately, there have been a few whether I’m coming or not. I think that – look, it’s a problem. And I think it’s a problem that we’re – that I’m going to address with the Israelis. And it’s also – as the President said today, it’s also every reason – or it gives us every reason that we really ought to be determining the boundaries of the state, because what’s in Israel will be in Israel at that point, and what’s in Palestine will be in Palestine. And that’s the best way to resolve this, but you know, I repeat, we’ve talked a great deal about the importance of Roadmap obligations, and this one isn’t being met.