Trump’s State Department: Settling on Stolen Land is Legal — if You’re Jewish

Mike Pompeo

THE US HAS shifted its position on Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, no longer viewing them as inconsistent with international law.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the status of the West Bank was for Israelis and Palestinians to negotiate.

Israel welcomed the move — a reversal of the US stance under President Donald Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama.

Israel has established more than 100 Jewish settlements in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem

Settlements are communities established by Israel on land occupied in the 1967 Middle East war.

They have long been a source of dispute between Israel and the international community, and the Palestinians.

“After carefully studying all sides of the legal debate,” Mr Pompeo told reporters, “the United States has concluded that “the establishment of Israeli civilian settlements in the West Bank is not, per se, inconsistent with international law”.

“Calling the establishment of civilian settlements inconsistent with international law hasn’t worked. It hasn’t advanced the cause of peace,” he added.

Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said the US decision was a risk to “global stability, security, and peace” and said it threatened to replace international law with “the law of the jungle”.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the policy shift “rights a historical wrong”, and called on other countries to do the same.

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Source: BBC

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pj dooner
pj dooner
19 November, 2019 2:50 pm

Pompeo is an all-out Sco-tard, rapture bunny who is trying to bring about Armageddon:
“In 2014, Pompeo told a church group that Christians needed to “know that Jesus Christ as our savior is truly the only solution for our world”.[146] In 2015 in a talk at a church, Pompeo said that “politics is a never-ending struggle … until the Rapture.””

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Hatecrime Hotline
23 November, 2019 3:54 pm

The administration is just vocalizing the inevitable anyway.

The bacterium cannot help but multiply.