Israel's Channel 10 News on Sunday reported that US Secretary of State John Kerry was recently prevented by his boss, President Barack Obama, from instigating a diplomatic crisis with Israel in order to impose his new peace framework.
According to unnamed government sources involved in the ongoing peace talks, Kerry sought Obama's permission to impose his peace terms on both Israel and the Palestinians, knowing that the primary resistance would come from the Jewish state.
Obama is said to have determined that now was "not the time" for such a move. As a result, the sources said that Kerry's peace initiative has "all but collapsed."
The White House later issued a statement denying that Obama was no longer supporting Kerry's efforts.
"Any notion that Secretary Kerry failed to obtain the President's backing for his efforts is totally false," White House spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan said. "President Obama remains fully invested in Secretary Kerry's tireless work on behalf of peace, and those efforts are not focused on confronting the parties - they are aimed at bridging differences and developing a framework for negotiation on the core issues."
Israeli government official cited by Ha'aretz later revealed that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was scheduled to meet with Obama at the White House on March 3 to discuss the peace proposals.