Trump Reverses Obama/Carter Policy That Israeli Settlements Violate International Law

Trump Reverses Obama/Carter Policy That Israeli Settlements Violate International Law

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President Trump, his administration, and the Republican Party as a whole, continue to show tremendous support for Israel and the Jewish people.

On Monday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made a big announcement about the Jewish homeland that directly contradicts the policies of the Carter and Obama administrations. Naturally, Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu was pretty pleased. Here’s what up, via The Hill:

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Monday that the U.S. will not consider Israeli settlements in the West Bank a violation of international law, putting American policy at odds with the widely held belief that settlement expansion is harmful to the Israeli and Palestinan peace process.

Pompeo said that the decision helps strengthen the U.S.’s position ahead of the expected release of its Mideast peace plan, authored by President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner. The secretary didn’t give an update on any expected date for that plan, but said the U.S. will release it “when the conditions are right.”

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Here are Bibi’s thoughts…

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Prime Minister’s Office:
Today, the United States adopted an important policy that rights a historical wrong when the Trump administration clearly rejected the false claim that Israeli settlements in Judea and Samaria are inherently illegal under international law.

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This policy reflects an historical truth – that the Jewish people are not foreign colonialists in Judea and Samaria. In fact, we are called Jews because we are the people of Judea.

The Trump Administration policy is also correct in stating that those who have categorically denied any legal basis for the settlements not only deny truth, history and the reality on the ground.

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They also set back the cause of peace, which can only be achieved through direct negotiations between the parties.

Israel’s legal system, which has proven itself fully capable of addressing legal questions related to the settlements, is the appropriate place for these matters to be adjudicated – not biased international forums that pay no attention to history or facts.

Israel remains ready and willing to conduct peace negotiations with the Palestinians regarding all final status issues in an effort to achieve a durable peace but will continue to reject all arguments regarding the illegality of the settlements.

Israel is deeply grateful to President @realDonaldTrump, @SecPompeo and the entire US administration for their steadfast position supporting truth and justice, and calls upon all responsible countries who hope to advance peace to adopt a similar position.