After months of investigating the international law regarding Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria (aka the West Bank), the Trump administration has concluded that Jewish settlements in Judea & Samaria do not go against international law.
Israel Unwired (h/t Mike F) Secretary of State Mike Pompeo: “It is indeed better late than never. Settlement in Judea and Samaria does not contradict international law and it is good that the world’s great power is telling the truth and correcting a long-standing injustice.”
This decision by the Trump administration reverses the 1978 legal opinion of the State Department that stated that Israeli settlements are illegal.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked President Trump and his Administration for rejecting 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.”
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