Obama is at fault in Israel settlement mess

Whose fault is the Israel settlement mess? Obama.

The last line of the article "Netanyahu summons U.S. ambassador" (Dec. 24) says basically that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's actions made it easy for President Barack Obama to do what he did in declining to veto a United Nations resolution condemning Israeli settlement building.

I would argue that the Obama administration and the European countries created this mess with the settlements. They have not put pressure on Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas and others to come to the negotiating table as well as to stop teaching hate in their schools. Also where is the outrage that much of the aid money to Palestine goes to the pockets of Palestinian leaders and terrorists? Why have the UN and other Arab countries not helped the Palestinians create a real economy with jobs instead of giving no hope? Why doesn't your newspaper do an investigative story and report on those facts?

Linda Boteach, Reisterstown

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