U.S. Presidential Statements on Settlements

Sunday, May 24, 2009

"Our position on the settlements is very clear. We do not think they are legal, and they are obviously an impediment to peace."

-- President Jimmy Carter, April 12, 1980

Total settlement population: 61,500

"The immediate adoption of a settlements freeze by Israel, more than any other action, could create the confidence needed for wider participation in these talks. Further settlement activity is in no way necessary for the security of Israel."

-- President Ronald Reagan, Sept. 1, 1982

Total settlement population (1983): 106,595

"My position is that the foreign policy of the United States says we do not believe there should be new settlements in the West Bank or in East Jerusalem. And I will conduct that policy as if it's firm, which it is."

-- President George H.W. Bush, March 3, 1990

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