Clinton: Settlements Must Halt 'Forever'

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Wednesday that the United States rejected the legitimacy of Israeli settlements in the West Bank and that it wants to see their construction halted “forever.” She was meeting with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and had stopped in Cairo to ease Arab concerns that the U.S. was backing off its earlier demand that Israel halt settlement construction. Still, Clinton said that Israel’s offer to restrain but not stop construction is a “positive step forward.”