Obama's past actions show that he "views presidential promises to Israel as made to be broken." When Israel left Gaza, it received an oral promise from President Bush that the U.S. would not oppose continued building in the settlement blocs. But when Obama took office, he denied the oral pledge's existence. He has also failed to take seriously some of the written promises Bush made, such as demanding an end to PA incitement. As to the latest "assurances," Israel might well believe that, because peace talks are destined to go nowhere, Obama's promises about what a peace deal must include are meaningless. And Israel is well advised to believe that, when the talks fail to progress, Obama will feel no compunction about reneging on his promises with respect to advanced weapons sales, measures to halt arms smuggling, etc. Obama's chickens seem to be coming home to roost. Thus, it is quite sensible for Israel to reject Obama's desperate offer and undertake much needed construction without further delay.
UN: Gaza could be 'uninhabitable' by 2020 if trends continue (AP)
from the article: There's no such thing as moderate settlement building