Israel-Palestine Peace Process
Unconditional US support for Israel impedes the way
Dr M. Usmani
On November 18, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced a major shift in US policy, reporting that Washington now no longer considers civilian settlements by Israelis in the occupied West Bank to be in breach of international law. Pompeo’s statement, in effect, reverses a 1978 US State Department legal opinion that labelled these settlements as “inconsistent with international law,” a position held by many in the international community and endorsed by the United Nations Security Council in 2016. Pompeo’s statement is the latest of a series of moves bolstering Washington’s unrelenting support for Israel. The Trump Administration’s scramble to shove through as many pro-Israel policies as possible will be seen by Palestinians and the international community negatively as it will serve as not only road blocks to any future peace agreement but attempts to further isolate Palestinians in enclaves in the West Bank and an open air prison in Gaza that cannot reasonably constitute a future Palestinian state.
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