"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
Total settlement population: 227,500
"The Israeli people also must understand
that . . . the settlement enterprise and building bypass roads
in the heart of what they already know will one day be part
of a Palestinian state is inconsistent with the Oslo commitment
that both sides negotiate a compromise."
-- President Bill Clinton, Jan. 7, 2001
Total settlement population: 387,859
"Israeli settlement activity in occupied
territories must stop, and the occupation must end through
withdrawal to secure and recognized boundaries, consistent
with United Nations Resolutions 242 and 338."
-- President George W. Bush, April 4, 2002
Total settlement population: 414,119
"Settlements have to be stopped in
order for us to move forward."
-- President Obama, May 18
Total settlement population (2008): 479,500