Major Policy Reversal: US No Longer Views Israeli West Bank Settlements As Illegal
“Calling the establishment of civilian settlements inconsistent with international law has not advanced the cause of peace,” Pompeo said. “The hard truth is that there will never be a judicial resolution to the conflict, and arguments about who is right and who is wrong as a matter of international law will not bring peace.” The announcement is the latest in a series of pro-Israeli moves that may weaken Palestinian claims to statehood and is likely to inflame tensions between the Trump administration and Palestinians and the US allies in Europe.
More than 700,000 settlers have taken up residence in the West Bank and East Jerusalem since the 1967 war. Both areas are claimed by Palestinians for a future state.
.@SecPompeo on Israeli Settlements in the West Bank "The Trump administration is reversing the Obama Administration's approach towards Israeli settlements."— CSPAN (@cspan) November 18, 2019
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#IsraeliConsul-General to US, #DaniDayan, was left embarrassed as at least a hundred students staged a #walkout before he begin his talk at #HarvardLawSchool on the Israeli settlement projects@Himanshu1327#Harvard #protest pic.twitter.com/AXxOK7yqEQ— GoNewsIndia (@GoNews_India) November 16, 2019