US Now Considers Israeli Settlements Consistent With International Law
Of course nothing could be further from the truth than that statement but nonetheless U.S. Sec. of State Pompeo declared it anyway. It appears that the US government will continue to make up international law to favor it and Israel’s conquests around the world. After all it was just last week when President Trump said we were indeed taking Syria’s oil. All to fund the moderate rebels of course. Yeah right.
Their hypocrisy knows no bounds. Woe unto those who call evil good and good evil. Isaiah 5:20
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced a U-turn in policy toward Israeli settlements in the West Bank, declaring Washington no longer sees them as inconsistent with international law.
Pompeo said the US will no longer adhere to the 1978 State Department legal opinion on the settlements, and insisted that it would not lead to the US’ isolation from the rest of the global community on the issue.
The US’ top diplomat said the Trump administration will leave the status of the West Bank to Israelis and Palestinians to negotiate.
Pompeo said the decision came as a result of a “legal review” and was not intended to send any message, though the move is likely to anger the Palestinian side and human rights groups who have condemned the settlements and say they undermine peace efforts.
The Trump administration has been a staunch ally of Netanyahu’s government and consistently taken Israel’s side on major issues, calling into question Washington’s ability to be a neutral arbiter in any peace process. In 2017, Trump recognized the contested Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and moved the US embassy there from Tel Aviv. Last year, Trump recognized Israel’s 1981 seizure of Syria’s Golan Heights as legitimate.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas also condemned the move, saying through a spokesman that Pompeo’s statement “totally contradicts” international law and called on other nations to “declare their opposition.”
The US embassy in Jerusalem issued a travel warning to Americans shortly after Pompeo’s comments, warning those traveling through Jerusalem, the West Bank, or Gaza to maintain “a high level of vigilance” and to take “appropriate steps to increase their security awareness in light of the current environment.”
The statement warned that individuals or groups opposed to the policy change may target US government facilities and US citizens.