Obama Loses Israel Settlement Fight, Pivots In His Demands

11/23/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • HELENE COOPER and MARK LANDLER nytimes.com

UNITED NATIONS -- President Obama, who has met immovable resistance from Israel over his demand for a full freeze on settlements in the West Bank, is largely setting that issue aside as a first step toward restarting Middle East peace talks.

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