...Mr. Obama urged the Palestinians to return to the bargaining table even if Israel did not meet their condition of halting construction of Jewish settlements in Palestinian territories — a demand he, too, made at the start of his first term, but which had only a temporary, partial impact...Mr. Obama was, in effect, conceding that years of careful study about how to nudge the peace process forward had failed to produce tangible results....A draft copy of his talking pointssuggested that he was prepared to soften his long-held demand that Mr. Netanyahu publicly halt all building of settlements in favor of private assurances.
...Mr. Obama did not explicitly call for a halt to such development as a condition for peace talks to resume......Echoing a theme he first articulated in his speech to the Muslim world in 2009, Mr. Obama said the Israeli occupation of the West Bank imposed a shameful human cost...“Neither occupation nor expulsion is the answer,” Mr. Obama said. “Just as Israelis built a state in their homeland, Palestinians have a right to be a free people in their own land.”...
Mr. President, we Jews will not be expelled from our land, our homes, our fields, our industries.
We are legitimately and legally in our homeland and in our homes. A peace without us is no peace.
Arab towns and villages in Israel are not called "settlements"; our towns and villages in Judea and Samaria are not "settlelements" either.