The United States of America is reversing course on a major policy position on Israel.
On Monday, Mike Pompeo who is the Secretary of State said that the US is softening its position on the Israelis settlement in the so-called West Bank, the region known in the Bible as Judea and Samaria.
Pompeo repudiated a 1978 State Department legal opinion that held that civilian settlements in the so-called occupied territories are “inconsistent with international law.”
The Trump administration views the opinion, the basis for long-standing US opposition to expanding the settlements, as a distraction and believes any legal questions about the issue should be addressed by Israeli courts, Pompeo said.
“Calling the establishment of civilian settlements inconsistent with international law has not advanced the cause of peace,” Pompeo said.
“The hard truth is that there will never be a judicial resolution to the conflict, and arguments about who is right and who is wrong as a matter of international law will not bring peace.“
Pompeo said the US would not take a position on the legality of specific settlements, that the new policy would not extend beyond the West Bank and that it would not create a precedent for other territorial disputes, he said.
He also said the decision did not mean the administration was prejudging the status of the West Bank in any eventual Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement.
The government of Palestine
In regards to the announcement of the goverment of the Us, the government of Palestine could not wait to express its opinion.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ spokesman, Nabil Abu Rdeneh, condemned Pompeo’s announcement and said settlements are illegal under International law.
“The US administration has lost its credibility to play any future role in the peace process,” he said.
Source: CBN News