Biden administration reverses Trump's policy on Israeli settlements

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WASHINGTON — The Biden administration reversed one of Donald Trump's farthest-reaching moves toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, overturning his policy that the US no longer views Israeli settlements in the West Bank as illegal.اضافة اعلان

Expressing his disappointment over Israel’s announcement of construction of new settlements in the Occupied West Bank, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated, "It's been longstanding US policy under Republican and Democratic administrations alike that new settlements are counterproductive to reaching an enduring peace. They're also inconsistent with international law.”

Informally known as the Pompeo Doctrine, the policy stated that Israeli settlements were "Not per se inconsistent with international law." The change overturned a 1978 memo by State Department legal adviser Herbert Hansell that had deemed Israeli settlements beyond the 1949 armistice lines illegal.

The policy was instituted by Trump a month before the 2020 presidential election. It was formulated by the Kohelet Policy Forum, the right-wing Israeli think tank behind Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's controversial judicial overhaul efforts.

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