The Trump administration has announced it no longer views Israel settlements in the occupied West Bank to be a violation of international law, in another blow to possible Israel-Palestine peace negotiations.
On Monday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced a reversal to the U.S. position, putting the U.S. at odds with the international community.
A U.N. resolution in 2016 declared the settlements a “flagrant violation” of international law.
Israel’s embattled Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed Pompeo’s announcement as a historic day for Israel, but Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat condemned the U.S. decision.
Soon after Mike Pompeo announced the new U.S. policy, the U.S. Embassy in Israel issued a travel warning to Americans in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza.
From Washington, D.C., we speak with Noura Erakat, a Palestinian human rights attorney and legal scholar.
She is an assistant professor at Rutgers University and the author of “Justice for Some: Law and the Question of Palestine.”
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