TDN World Desk: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Monday that the US government will no longer hold the position that settlements built in the West Bank are necessarily illegal, saying the decision recognizes reality on the ground.
He said, ” Calling the establishment of civilian settlements inconsistent with international law has not advanced the cause of peace.”
Pompeo, the US Secretary further 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.”
After Pompeo’s official statement, Israeli prime minister tweeted, ” I spoke on the phone with US President Donald Trump and told him that he had corrected a historic injustice.Somebody needed to say a simple truth, and President Trump did this, just as he did with the recognition of the Golan Heights and the moving of the US embassy to Jerusalem.”
Israeli settlement officials called Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s announcemen a “historic” decision and thanked the U.S. administration for its shift in policy.
The Jewish settlements controversy is one of the major issue in the middle-east geo-politics.
About 600,000 Jews live in about 140 settlements built since Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem. The settlements are widely considered illegal under international law, though Israel has always claimed the contorary.
The Palestinians have long called for the removal of all settlements, arguing that their presence on land they claim for a future independent Palestinian state makes it almost impossible to make such a state a reality.