Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu arrived in Paris Wednesday afternoon on the second leg of his European tour to meet with French President Nicolas Sarkozy, as differences with the United States over the settlement construction and expansion become more pronounced.
The meeting with US Middle East Envoy Sen. George Mitchell was to have taken place in Paris on Thursday but it was announced Tuesday afternoon that the meeting had been postponed.
In lieu of a Netanyahu-Mitchell meeting, Defense Minister Ehud Barak will travel to the US early next week in an effort to consolidate all the construction data and pave the way for a further meeting between Netanyahu and Mitchell. This will be Barak's second visit to the US this month.
Later this summer, Netanyahu is also expected to visit Germany and Britain.
AP contributed to this report.