Benjamin Netanyahu greets US support for Israeli settlements an achievement to correct historical errors
Benjamin Netanyahu greets US support for Israeli settlements "a huge achievement" that "has solved a historical flaw"
- Israeli Prime Minister told supporters: & I think it is a great day for the state of Israel & # 39;
- Trump administration said it no longer believed that the settlements are illegal
- Palestinians condemned the decision as one that undermines peace
The Prime Minister of Israel traveled to the West Bank today to celebrate the US announcement that Israeli settlements are not considered a violation of international law.
Benjamin Netanyahu called the Trump government statement, which withdrew from four decades of American policy and turned over the policies of President Barack Obama, a & # 39; huge achievement & # 39; who found & # 39; a historical mistake & # 39 ;.
& # 39; I think it is a great day for the state of Israel and an achievement that will last for decades & # 39 ;, he said.
Mr. Netanyahu spoke at a meeting of ecstatic supporters and settler leaders in Alon Shvut, a settlement outside of Jerusalem.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, second right, meets the heads of Israeli settlement authorities in the Alon Shvut settlement, in the Gush Etzion block, in the occupied West Bank. His visit came the day after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the US would no longer consider settlements to be in violation of international law
A general view shows a construction site in the Israeli settlement of Elkana in the West Bank. Although the new US position on the legality of these settlements is largely symbolic, it has fueled calls from settlers to increase construction in the West Bank
More than 400,000 settlers now live in the West Bank, alongside more than 200,000 settlers in East Jerusalem – the hoped capital of the Palestinian
Mike Pompeo announced on Monday that the US no longer views civil settlements in the occupied territories as a violation of international law.
Israeli right-wing leaders welcomed Monday's announcement by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that the current administration would no longer regard civil settlements in the occupied territories as a violation of international law.
Although the new attitude is largely symbolic, calling for supporters of settlers to heightened construction or even the annexation of parts of the West Bank has fueled.
The Palestinians, who claim the West Bank as part of a future state, condemned the decision.
She and other countries said the move undermines all chances for a broader peace agreement.
A general view of the mosque in Issawiya, a neighborhood in East Jerusalem and the Israeli settlement on the West Bank of Ma & aleh Adumim in the background. Palestinians and the international community say that the settlements are illegal and prevent the establishment of a Palestinian state.
Israeli school children play at their school in the Alon Shvut settlement, in the Gush Etzion block, between the Palestinian cities of Hebron and Bethlehem, southwest of Jerusalem, in the occupied West Bank. Israel says that the fate of the settlements where thousands of its citizens live must be determined in negotiations
More than 400,000 settlers now live in the West Bank, along with more than 200,000 settlers in East Jerusalem, the hopeful capital of the Palestinian.
The Palestinians and the international community say that settlements are illegal and prevent the establishment of a Palestinian state.
Israel says that the fate of the settlements must be determined in negotiations.
The head of the Arab League joined the large number of critics and condemned the latest decision of the Trump government in the strongest terms & # 39 ;.
Ahmed Aboul Gheit, secretary general of the league, said the decision would result in & # 39; more violence and cruelty & # 39; against Palestinians by Israeli settlers and & # 39; any possibility undermines & # 39; to achieve peace.
A photo taken on November 19, 2019 shows a new housing location in the Israeli settlement of Elazar, near the Palestinian city of Bethlehem, south of Jerusalem, in the occupied West Bank. There are calls from settlers to increase construction after the US has announced that such settlements will no longer be considered a violation of international law
The White House says it has developed a peace plan for the Middle East, but it has not yet revealed it.
The Palestinians have already rejected the plan and accuse the US of unfair bias in favor of Israel.
The Trump government has recently taken a number of steps in favor of Israel, recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, recognizing Israel's annexation of the Golan Heights and closing the Palestinian diplomatic offices in Washington.
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