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The US government has changed its position on Israeli settlements in Judea & Samaria (West Bank).

First, the official position was that these settlements were illegal under international law. Now the official position is that the settlements are legal under the same international law, says Foreign Minister Mike Pompeo.

The settlements are based on Israel's occupation after the 1967 Six-Day War. Today 600.000 Israelis live in some 140 settlements.

In 2016, the UN Security Council adopted a resolution calling on Israel to put an end to these settlements. That resolution could be adopted because the United States abstained.

Trump does it differently! (goh)

The Israeli government reacted furiously by that resolution, but now that Trump is in the White House, things are different. According to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "an error is being corrected". In addition, he calls on other countries to do the same!

According to the "Palestinians", the American decision threatens "worldwide stability, security and peace".

The authoritarian EU maintains that the settlements violate “international law”. Last week, the European Court ruled that products from Israeli settlements should be labeled separately. The label 'Made in Israel' is not allowed. In addition, labels with 'Made in Palestine' are allowed for that region.

Trump more often chooses Israel. Two years ago, he recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and moved the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. A good but controversial decision, because East Jerusalem is considered sacred by the “Palestinians”.

Earlier this year, Trump also recognized the Golan Heights, which was conquered from Syria in 1967, as Israeli territory.


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