February 21, 2013

Israeli Settlements Cast Cloud Over Obama Visit

Dalia Hatuqa, Al Monitor

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On March 20, Barack Obama will make his first visit to Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories as president of the United States. He has been in this part of the world before, but in the capacity of a junior senator from Illinois. Just days after this major announcement from the White House, Israel divulged that it is approving hundreds of new settlement units in the West Bank, signaling once more its intent to change the geographical status quo (and thus the political landscape), which would affect the outcome of any future status agreement with the Palestinians.

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TAGGED: West Bank, Barack Obama administration, Palestine, Israel, Settlements

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