It appears that Secretary of State Clinton has caused even more problems for an Israeli and Palestinian peace agreement. In the past, the United States has not taken a public position on Israeli settlements on the West Bank; but it appears that position has changed. Secretary Clinton has issued a retraction after her comments generated quite a response from the Arab states in the Middle East. The issue of freezing settlement construction on the part of Israel has been a major issue and reason for the failure of peace talks resuming. For further information go to The Washington Post.