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Pompeo Says Israeli Settlements are Not Illegal

A totally different attitude than the Obama administration. Were Hillary Clinton elected president, Israel would be under extraordinary pressure over its settlements, as it was during the final days of Barack Obama.

And if a Democrat is elected in 2020, particularly Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders, then whether you are waiting for the Messiah’s first or second coming, you’d better hope it happens soon, because Israel’s security will not be guaranteed.

According to the Washington Post:

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared Monday that Israeli settlements in the West Bank do not violate international law.

Pompeo said the Trump administration, as it did with recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital and Israel’s sovereignty over the disputed Golan Heights, had simply “recognized the reality on the ground.”

In remarks to reporters at the State Department, he said the administration was overturning actions taken late in the Obama administration, which for the first time declined to veto a United Nations resolution calling for the dismantlement of West Bank settlements.

Instead, Pompeo said, the administration said it was returning to policy under the administration of Ronald Reagan, who declined to characterize settlements as illegal but called them “ill-advised” and an obstacle to peace.

Pompeo, however, said the new decision would “increase the likelihood” of a political settlement between Israel and the Palestinians.

A 1978 legal opinion during the Carter administration said that “civilian settlements in those territories is inconsistent with international law.

4 Responses to Pompeo Says Israeli Settlements are Not Illegal

  1. Pompeo said it is up to Israel and Palestine to reach a political situation. The US would not be part of the negotiations. The Israeli ambassador was very pleased with the US policy. Yet I do not see Palestine ever recognizing Israel. I am glad Egypt and Jordan have made peace with Israel.