Saturday, 07 December, 2019

Netanyahu celebrates US settlement decision in West Bank

Trump dumbly undoes U.S. opposition to Israeli West Bank settlements In new pro-Israel shift, US no longer calls settlements illegal
Travis Berry | 20 November, 2019, 00:11

Secretary of Affirm Mike Pompeo talked about Monday that the Trump administration had definite that Israel's West Financial institution settlements attain no longer violate world regulation, a possibility he talked about had "increased the probability" of a Heart East peace settlement.

U.S. moves that have weakened Palestinian efforts to achieve statehood have included President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, the movement of the U.S. Embassy to that city and the closure of the Palestinian diplomatic office in Washington.

The pass upends more than 40 years of U.S. policy that has declared Israeli expansion into territories occupied since the 1967 war a vital obstacle to settling the Israeli-Palestinian war.

In his remarks, Pompeo denied the policy change was timed to benefit Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who favors annexation of the West Bank.

"The timing of this was not tied to anything that had to do with domestic politics anywhere", said Pompeo.

"What we did here was conduct a legal analysis".

Israel took over the region during the Six Day War in 1June 967, after Jordan, ignoring pleas from Israel to stay out of the unfolding war with Egypt and Syria, began shelling western Jerusalem. Each and each areas are claimed by Palestinians for a future teach.

Pompeo's action is particularly notable coming shortly after the European Court of Justice ruled the EU was required by global law to label Israeli products from the West Bank as made in "settlements" in "occupied" territory.

"We believe the European Court of Justice ruling to label settlement products had a significant impact on the United States administration's decision to ... change its policy", Yaakov Berg, Psagot's CEO said, after the firm lost its case in the EU tribunal.

In the final days of the Obama administration, the US allowed the U.N. Security Council to pass a resolution declaring the settlements a "flagrant violation" of worldwide law. The same tweet added that AIPAC "believe (s) settlements should be an issue for direct negotiations between the parties, not something determined by global bodies".

Pompeo said, "After carefully studying all sides of the legal debate, this administration agrees". Reagan went on in that interview, nevertheless, to train that settlements were "in unhappy health-told".

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the decision to kill the Islamic Jihad commander was made on Sunday by the cabinet. Shortly after, Palestinian militants launched a salvo of rockets into Israel, witnesses said.

He noted, however, that this announcement should not be viewed as the U.S. government "addressing or prejudging the ultimate status of the West Bank".

Gilad said he fears that, over time, the move could widen the gap between Israelis and Palestinians and further erode Washington's customary role as an honest broker between the two. They were rankled not just by the substance of Pompeo's departure from 40 years of USA policy, but also by the scriptural language that some supporters of the shift used to justify it. "These are solid facts that the Trump administration can not alter or unravel".

Trump has long promised to unveil a Middle East Peace plan, which his son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner, has been spearheading.

Benny Gantz, leader of the main opposition Blue and White Party and former army chief of staff who has been Netanyahu's rival in the protracted attempt to form a new Israeli government, also welcomed the announcement.

It has always been a mistake for the United States to treat disputed territories in the West Bank as occupied.

He added that "Jewish communities there comprise less than 2 per cent of all of Judea-Samaria". "Abraham was father to both peoples, Jews and Muslims".

"The worldwide community must take all necessary measures to respond and deter this irresponsible US behavior, which poses a threat to global stability, security and peace", said Saeb Erekat, the chief Palestinian peace negotiator.

"Trump administration once again shows its complete disdain for the law", she tweeted.

Since capturing the West Bank and East Jerusalem, Israel has built some 200 settlements. Gantz has until a minute to midnight on Wednesday to form a coalition government.

Previous US administrations have also criticized settlements to varying degrees. But Oslo did not forbid the building of settlements and every Israeli government since 1993 has continued doing so.

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