US President Barack Obama, left, shakes hands with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas during a joint press conference in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Thursday, March. 21, 2013. Obam

 

              US President Barack Obama, left, shakes hands with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas during a joint press conference in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Thursday, March. 21, 2013. Obam
US President Barack Obama, left, shakes hands with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas during a joint press conference in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Thursday, March. 21, 2013. Obama on Thursday urged Israelis and Palestinians to get back to peace talks but offered no new ideas on how they might do so, essentially abandoning his previous support of the Palestinian demand for Israel to halt settlement activity before negotiations resume. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)