Pompeo repudiates US position against Israeli West Bank settlement

The AP news agency reports that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has prepared a draft repudiating the 1978 state department legal opinion that civilian settlements in the occupied West Bank are inconsistent with international law. “Calling the establishment of civilian settlements inconsistent with international law has not advanced the cause of peace,” Pompeo says in the draft. “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.”

This view runs contrary to that of the Obama administration which allowed the U.N. Security Council to pass a resolution declaring the settlements a “flagrant violation” of international law.

Pompeo was expected to say that the US would not take a position on the legality of specific settlements and that the new policy would not extend beyond the West Bank and create a precedent for other territorial disputes. He also planned to say that the decision did not mean the administration was prejudging the status of the West Bank in any eventual Israeli-Palestinian peace.

Even though the decision is largely symbolic, it could also give a boost to Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who is fighting for his political survival, say AP sources. He may see it as a green light for additional construction, or even annexation, of lands claimed by the Palestinians for a future state.

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10 thoughts on “Pompeo repudiates US position against Israeli West Bank settlement

  • Nov 18, 2019 @ 21:24 at 21:24
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    spoils of war go to the victor.

    I’m still waiting for reparations from rome for the persecution of Christians 2000 years ago.

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  • Nov 18, 2019 @ 22:48 at 22:48
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    Cavernous voice reported coming out of Arafat’s tomb says “we should have taken an Israeli deal, any of them, now we are f….” but the following words were not so clear.

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  • Nov 18, 2019 @ 23:07 at 23:07
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    Hallelujah for the clarity, courage and performance of the Trump Administration.
    Now let’s see if Israeli leaders can remember where they placed the onions !!

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  • Nov 19, 2019 @ 0:32 at 0:32
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    As Christians, we are all Semites at heart. Great! Mr. Pompeo.

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  • Nov 19, 2019 @ 0:35 at 0:35
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    Yep he just said the magic words all right, now Kahanist Settlers are making open calls for annexation – they just bought themselves a ticket to ride

    This is the trigger that the CIS and the American Israel lobby have been waiting for

    It’s time to bring out the Mueller report disclosures on Netanyahu and Jared Kushner – it’s the one two punch – first from the mandelblatt indictments and then from the Mueller report disclosures on netanyahu’s crimes with Americans. PsyGroup and Zamel as well as UN2334 – these were Netanyahu ordered and Netanyahu was personally involved in the second case with Kushner and Flynn

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    • Nov 19, 2019 @ 2:50 at 2:50
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      The CNN reporters have come to Debka, . . .

      Yeah, . . . more made up fake news drivel, . . . from the purveyors of “tell a lie often enough and long enough and you’ll get a bunch of folks to believe it”

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  • Nov 19, 2019 @ 18:33 at 18:33
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    Any way you look at it, it is Israel’s land.

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  • Nov 19, 2019 @ 19:17 at 19:17
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    the west bank will be annexed after the coming war 99% of west bank arabs will be living in jordan thats the way it works

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  • Nov 19, 2019 @ 21:30 at 21:30
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    pompus is a dirty hairy humpback and i want to do him.

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