US announces reversal of policy on West Bank settlements

Trump dumbly undoes U.S. opposition to Israeli West Bank settlements

In new pro-Israel shift, US no longer calls settlements illegal

Nabil Abu Rudeineh, spokesman of the Palestinian Presidency, said in an official press statement that Pompeo's declaration "is void, rejected, condemned and totally contradicts worldwide law".

While the United States has generally vetoed Security Council measures critical of Israel, previous president Barack Obama, exasperated with Netanyahu, in his final weeks in office allowed the passage of Resolution 2334 that called Israel's settlements a "flagrant violation" of worldwide law.

Netanyahu welcomed the new policy, saying it "rights a historical wrong".

Mr Pompeo denied a motivation to prop up Mr Netanyahu, saying: "The timing of this was not tied to anything that had to do with domestic politics anywhere in Israel or otherwise". "We conducted our analysis, and this became the expedient time to elevate it forward".

Settlements are communities established by Israel on land occupied in the 1967 Middle East war. Each and each areas are claimed by Palestinians for a future teach.

Palestine will seek the holding of an emergency meeting of the Arab foreign ministers to discuss a recent US policy shift on the legality of the Israeli settlements, a senior Palestinian official said Tuesday. He expressed his gratitude to US President Donald Trump.

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"It is the opposite of what Obama and John Kerry said, that the settlements did not promote peace", Revivi said, referring to Obama's secretary of state. Reagan went on in that interview, nevertheless, to train that settlements were "in unhappy health-told".

Most of the world views the expansion of Israeli settlements as an impediment to a peace agreement.

Pompeo rejected a 1978 State Department legal opinion that held that civilian settlements in the occupied territories are "inconsistent with worldwide law".

USA officials said the announcement followed a policy-review process and wasn't meant to affect Israel's continuing efforts to form a new government after September's elections. And it decreases even further the chances of a negotiated peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians. They were rankled not just by the substance of Pompeo's departure from 40 years of US policy, but also by the scriptural language that some supporters of the shift used to justify it.

He stressed that the American administration has completely lost all credibility and no longer has any role in the peace process. Negotiations within the framework of the 1993 Oslo Peace Accords aimed to establish a Palestinian state in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip. In fact, we are called Jews because we are the people of Judea.

While Pompeo said the administration was adopting Reagan's view that settlements were not intrinsically illegal, he dodged a question on whether he shared Reagan's view that they were ill-advised and an obstacle to peace.

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Pompeo's latest statement serves as a reminder that the Trump administration does not bow to anti-Israel sentiment positing itself as "international law", no matter what shape it arrives in. For the Trump administration, what is "lawful" will be determined by those interests and the use of military force to achieve them.

Over 400,000 Israelis now live in about 120 communities built in parts of the West Bank of the Jordan River captured in a 1967 war.

Gantz has until Wednesday to tie up negotiations, with one potential option a minority government backed by Israeli-Arab dominated parties, who now comprise the third largest voting block in Israel's parliament. Netanyahu will most doubtless be widely anticipated to be indicted on corruption rate in coming weeks, if no longer days.

"Today's decision also takes another step in reversing the disgraceful legacy of the Obama administration and United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334", he said.

Critics contain talked about that terminating the waivers is needlessly vindictive and risks an a ways more unhealthy confrontation with Iran.

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