(NEWSER– President Obama headed over to the West Bank today for a meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in which he blasted Israel's settlement activity as neither constructive or appropriate. At a news conference with Abbas, Obama said he's told Israel's leaders as much, the AP reports, and added that the settlements aren't helping the peace process. But, since stopping the settlements would be difficult politically for Israeli leaders, he suggested that Palestinians not make it a condition to restarting talks.

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