Obama Stops Short of Calling for End to West Bank Settlements

Unlike his first term


President Obama, visiting the Israeli-occupied West Bank, appeared to move closer to the Israeli position on Thursday regarding resumption of long-stalled peace talks with the Palestinians, stopping short of insisting on a halt to Israel's settlement expansion as he had done early in his first term.

Hours after rockets from the Palestinian enclave of Gaza hit southern Israel, Mr. Obama met with President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority on the second day of Mr. Obama's Middle East trip, and challenged both sides to resume face-to-face talks, pledging that the United States "would do our part."