"Both parties are taking some steps to help create an atmosphere that is conducive to successful talks, including president (Mahmud) Abbas' statement that he will work against incitement of any sort and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's statement that there will be no construction at the Ramat Shlomo project for two years."
- State Department spokesman Philip Crowley
"The prime minister has clarified, over the whole process, that building and planning in Jerusalem will continue as usual, exactly as it has under all governments of Israel in the last 43 years, and no Israeli commitments have been given on this issue."
- anonymous Israeli official
"The Israeli statement is an attempt to embarrass or challenge the US administration."
- Nimr Hammad, aide to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas
"The Israeli government must choose between peace and settlements.
- Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat