This is big. Very big.
The Left’s main line of attack on Israel was that the towns in the parts of the country that had been captured by Islamic colonial forces in ’48 and liberated by Israel in ’67 were “settlements”. And these “settlements” were illegal. Muslims living anywhere in Israel wasn’t illegal. It wasn’t illegal for Qatar to develop areas for Muslims inside Israel. But there was an insistence that this was “illegal” for Israel under international law.
That’s been the position of too many presidential administrations. Now it’s being tossed out.
In a historic reversal of US policy, the Trump administration announced on Monday that it does not view Israeli settlements in the West Bank as illegal. The policy change was announced by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington.
“After carefully studying all sides of the legal debate, this administration agrees with President Reagan,” Pompeo said in reference to Ronald Reagan’s position that settlements were not inherently illegal. “The establishment of Israeli civilian settlements in the West Bank is not per se inconsistent with international law,” Pompeo said.
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