I think that this is a sort of dance between the administration and Netanyahu.
Netanyahu makes a public stink about Iranian Nukes.-
Kerry comes back and makes a nasty comment against Israel after.
Then the U.S. is silent while Germany and other EU nations force Israel to attend the Jew-hating UN Human Rights meeting.
Israel makes a public announcement that it will build in East Jerusalem.
Now the state dept. responds.
I think you’re right.