Reassessing Israeli Settlements: Before Obama pressures Israel to uproot its citizens from the West Bank, here are a few facts he should consider. - Jewish Policy Center: "n June 4, 2009, President Barack Obama delivered his much-anticipated speech to the Muslim world from Cairo, Egypt. Mr. Obama asserted that he will pursue the creation of a Palestinian state and that Israeli settlement growth must be stopped because it is illegitimate. The previous week, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stated, 'He [Obama] wants to see a stop to settlements — not some settlements, not outposts, not 'natural growth' exceptions.'
The Palestinians cite settlements as the most significant obstacle to peace. Much of the Arab world supports that narrative. Now, it appears, the current U.S. administration does, too. However, the administration may be ignoring key aspects of the debate, and in the process, placing undue stress on a Middle East ally committed to peace with its neighbors."