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The U.S. stood up for its closest Middle Eastern ally. But how long will the favor last?
 
11/26/2020
 

Pompeo: Israeli Settlements Not Illegal

The U.S. stood up for its closest Middle Eastern ally. But how long will the favor last?

BY DANIEL DI SANTO

In another show of friendship from one of the most pro-Israeli administrations ever, United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the U.S. would no longer regard Israeli settlements in the West Bank as illegal. Speaking in Washington, D.C., on November 18, his remarks altered the America-Israel relationship. But in this volatile world, how long will the favor last?

"After carefully studying all sides of the legal debate, this administration agrees with President Reagan," stated Pompeo. "The establishment of Israeli civilian settlements in the West Bank is not per se inconsistent with international law."

This is a major blow to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, which aims to stifle Israel’s economy. It is also a blow to European diplomatic dogma, which declares Israeli settlements illegal under international law. The EU’s justification for this comes from a disputed interpretation of the Geneva Convention.

 
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