The US has offered Israel a package of incentives in exchange for a settlement construction freeze in the West Bank, diplomatic sources say.Wow. What an, er, attractive offer. And if the Jews refuse and keep building homes in their own flipping capital city, does that mean you won't intervene in the international pile-on?
Under the reported plan, Israel would stop construction for 90 days in the West Bank but not in East Jerusalem.
The Israeli cabinet is now considering the package.
The settlement row threatens to derail direct Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, which resumed in the US in September after a break of almost 20 months.
Israel and the US have not commented on the details of the plan.
It was discussed when US secretary of State Hillary Clinton met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in New York on Thursday, BBC State Department correspondent Kim Ghattas says.
According to the diplomatic sources, the plan includes a US pledge not to seek any extension to the settlement building freeze beyond 90 days.
In return, Washington reportedly offered Israel various security guarantees and commits itself to fighting international resolutions critical of Israel.
With "friends" like Obama, who needs the UN?