Ahead of the Jewish new year next month, the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv sent gift baskets to a number of Israeli organizations, as it does every year. Among the recipients was Peace Now, a group opposed to Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.
There was only one problem - among the gifts in the basket was a bottle of wine made in an Israeli settlement....
An embassy official confirmed the baskets had been sent out, saying they were purchased from a vendor who put together the contents, which were not checked before distribution.
"This should in no way be interpreted as a change of our policy on settlements, which is long-standing and clear," the official said.