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U.S. Switches Stance on Israeli Settlements in West Bank

Headline Roundup November 18th, 2019

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Monday that the U.S. government no longer considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank to be a violation of international law. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a statement showing support for the move soon after.

Most reporting outlets, regardless of political leaning, concentrated on the purportedly sudden shift in policy, as the U.S. has generally opposed Israeli annexation of Palestinian territory.

U.S. Switches Stance on Israeli Settlements in West Bank

From the Right
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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Monday that the U.S. would no longer consider Israeli settlements in the West Bank to be in violation of international law.

The move reversed 41 years of U.S. policy regarding the issue based on a 1978 legal opinion from the State Department that concluded the settlements were “inconsistent with international law.” In 1981 the policy was reviewed, but not overturned, by then-president Ronald Reagan, who said the settlements were not illegal.

“After carefully studying all sides of the legal debate, this administration agrees...

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From the Center
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Monday said it no longer considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank to be a violation of international law, reversing four decades of American policy and further undermining the Palestinians’ effort to gain statehood.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the U.S. is repudiating the 1978 State Department legal opinion that held that civilian settlements in the occupied territories are “inconsistent with international law.” Israeli leaders welcomed the decision while Palestinians and other nations warned that it undercut any chance of a...

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From the Left
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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...

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