The Netanyahu-Mitchell meeting already postponed twice--first in late June, and again late in July, is now planned for August 26 in London. But the two sides still have significant gaps on the terms of a settlement freeze, and I am hearing that another delay is a real possibility.

Some in the Democratic coalition are questioning whether the Administration was wise to launch its Mideast diplomacy by confronting Netanyahu on the most vexing issue in the U.S.-Israel relationship, instead of building a relationship with the new Israeli Prime Minister.

Today, Netanyahu visited Hatzerim Air Force Base, accompanied by Defense Minister Ehud Barak, Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi and IAF commander Maj.-Gen. Ido Nehushtan.