U.S. rejects illegality of settlements

November 19, 2019 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has welcomed United States’ decision to no longer finding Israeli settlements in the disputed territories inconsistent with international law.

A settlement under construction

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared that the status of the West Bank is up to negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

In 1978, President Jimmy Carter stated that the settlements were inconsistent with law.

Benjamin Netanyahu said yesterday: “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.

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, 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 Trump, Secretary Pompeo 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.”

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