By Jennifer Lipman, December 10, 2010
Israel’s refusal to change its position on settlement building has prompted criticism from members of the European Union and the United Nations.
The rebukes came as Israeli envoy Yitzhak Molcho flew to Washington to discuss the progress of the peace process at meetings with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Middle East George Mitchell.
On the same day Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak met Thursday with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
EU High Representative Catherine Ashton said that the EU considered settlements an obstacle to peace.