I don't think that changing his mind -if that would be the case- is a crime. Settlements are generally presented as flatly contrary to a Palestinian state. But the fact is, Israel has withdrawn from Sinai and Gaza, in bothe occasions dismantling settlements. Moreover, the notion that settlements are the opposite of peace presupposes that Palestine should be a state without Jews, which is also contrary to peace. 20% of Israel's population is Arab. Why can't 20% of Palestine be Jews? The fact Obama deosn't mention it, may respond to a myriad of reasons, one of them being the PA¡s embrace of Hamas, which denies the Jewish state its very right of existance. It may also have to do with the Arab upheavals, which render a solid, durable accord improbable. BTW, what do settlements have to do with Jonathan Pollard, and President Peres' letter.
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from the article: White House rejects President Peres’ plea to release Pollard