Monday, November 18, 2019

West Bank settlements not illegal, US decides in historic US policy shift

In a historic reversal of US policy, the Trump administration announced on Monday that it does not view Israeli settlements in the West Bank as illegal. The policy change was set to be formalized in an official address by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington.
The decision, The Jerusalem Post has learned, came after a year-long review conducted by the State Department’s legal office. The team met with international law experts as well as officials from different governments to hear their opinions.

The review was prompted by the Obama administration’s decision to enable the passing of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334 in December 2016, according to which settlement activity constitutes a "flagrant violation" of international law and has "no legal validity".
In 1978, the Carter administration concluded that the establishment of civilian settlements was inconsistent with international law but Reagan overturned that stance in 1981. Until Obama, administrations recognized that settlement activity could be an obstacle to peace but mostly didn’t get caught up on legal positions.
It was not immediately clear how the new policy would impact the future roll out of the Trump peace plan.


Satmar Watch said...

Satmars who continue their refusal to recognize Israeli control over Eretz Yisrael are now the ones violating the "Three Oaths".

Satmars will have to convert to Islam and accept the Quran if they want to oppose any Jewish rights to Eretz Yisrael!

concerned said...

Whenever the Trump administration feels they need some divine intervention...they do something huge for Israel!!!

So far it's been working out quite well!!!

chusid101 said...

Two people of the twentieth century have been proven right again and again and again.

Albert Einstein

Rav Kook zt"l.

This is an extension of the Balfour declaration.

And for the Satmar Rebbi who is visiting Israel these days and funneling millions into the holy land, take a bit of time of your busy schedule and see the tens of thousands of people learning Torah with the constant support of the state of Israel, and then go to Rav Kooks grave and apologise in the name of Satmar and co. for the blasphemy you have showered on this Angel the only one who forsaw the evolvment of Israel into the biggest supporter of Torah of all times.