Israeli warplanes attack targets in Gaza Strip

Israeli warplanes attack targets in Gaza Strip

Israeli warplanes attack targets in Gaza Strip

However, the Jordanian foreign minster denounced the decision, warning of "dangerous consequences" if the United States changed its position on Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

"To reject global law and the rights of the Palestinian people who suffer under an illegal occupation contradicts our nation's claimed support for justice and human rights".

The United States on Monday effectively backed Israel's right to build Jewish settlements on the occupied West Bank by abandoning its four-decade-old position that they were "inconsistent with worldwide law". Today, some 700,000 Israeli settlers live in the area, which is claimed by the Palestinians for their potential state.

Oded Revivi, the mayor of the large settlement of Efrat and the so-called foreign minister of the Yesha settlement council umbrella group, lauded the move and called on the Israeli government to use the opportunity to annex territory.

Popular messaging application WhatsApp banned on Friday, November 15, accounts of hundreds of Palestinian journalists reporting on Israeli violations in Gaza.

Pompeo said that the USA would not take a position on the legality of specific settlements, that the new policy would not extend beyond the West Bank and that it would not create a precedent for other territorial disputes, he said.

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According to a report by the Jerusalem Post, the State Department's legal office embarked on a year-long review of the Hansell Memo and met with worldwide law experts and officials from various governments.

"The Israel Defense Forces are investigating the strike, which took place a few hours before a cease-fire came into effect, and its consequences", said officials.

Hanan Ashrawi, a senior Palestinian official, said the USA had neither the "right nor agency to rewrite worldwide law" and was spreading lawlessness.

"The establishment of Israeli settlements in the West Bank is not inconsistent with worldwide law". Israel rejects the position that the territories are occupied, saying they were captured from Jordan in a defensive war.

"It hasn't worked", Pompeo said about the Obama administration's move.

Israel's transportation minister, Betzalel Smotrich, head of a pro-settler party, said ahead of the U.S. announcement, which was expected, that is would be "an appropriate response to the hypocritical decision by the European court".

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IfNotNow co-founder Emily Mayer, in a statement, said it was time for American politicians to speak out against the Trump regime's behavior toward the Palestinians.

Under President Donald Trump, the USA moved its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, shuttered the Palestine Liberation Organization office in Washington, and slashed funding to the Palestinians.

The shift is a victory for Netanyahu, a longtime booster of the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria, and had been strongly supported by Ambassador Friedman.

But Buttu, who has been involved in political negotiations since 2000, added United States policy had been moving in this direction for decades.

"It is obvious that Donald Trump's panic over his looming impeachment is motivating him to try to solidify the most extreme parts of his political base", said Awad.

Pompeo said the U.S. was "gravely concerned" with the "seeping political unrest and violence in Hong Kong", especially the weekend standoff between police and protesters at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. "Israel got the message that might is right".

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