Trump Administration Upturns U.S. Position On Israeli Settlements on the West Bank

On Wednesday, November, 18 The Trump Administration publicly proclaimed changes to its foreign policy position in regards to supporting Israeli Settlements in the West Bank. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the U.S. Government will no longer abide by the 1978 State Department legal opinion or position that declared civilian Israeli settlements on the West bank as "inconsistent with international law."

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated in a State Department press conference this week that Israeli settlements have been determined as inconsistent with international law and that the decades long position on restricting Israeli Settlements within the West bank, "has not advanced the cause of peace," Pompeo said.

The Trump Administration’s pronouncement to reverse its U.S. Foreign policy position in regards to removing its support for the illegal status of any potential establishment of Israeli Settlements on the West bank was met with fierce opposition and condemnation by those who disagree with the over-turn. Pompeo said, that the U.S. is not expressing a one track view on the legality or a previous unchangeable illegal stance of Israeli settlements or the status of the West Bank, saying that the matter should be left up to Palestinians and Israelis to negotiate. The shift will not prejudge what the status of the West Bank will end up being under any potential peace agreement, he said.

However, this political move seems to have caused an uproar in the UN(United Nations) global consensus which declares that such a position jeopardizes any attempt at conducting a sustainable Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement.

The Israeli Prime Minster Natanyahu praised the U.S. position reversal on Twitter stating that the pronouncement “ rights a historical wrong.” 

Yet, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reiterated on Wednesday that,"The establishment of Israeli civilian settlements in the West Bank is not, per se, inconsistent with international law," he said. "Calling the establishment of civilian settlements inconsistent with international law has not worked. It has not advanced the cause of peace,'' he added.

The Former 44th U.S. President Barack Obama maintained unwavering support of the UN Security Council's passed resolution that demanded the end to Israeli Settlements on the West Bank. So far this political Israeli-Palestinian foreign policy decision has not helped the efforts in establishing a viable peace agreement.

To date it seems despite political opposition President Trump’s Administration remains determined to support the potential re-establishment of Israeli settlements in the West Bank and continues to subsidize Israel's sovereign right to exist as a nation.

Israeli's Prime Minster Natanyahu reaffirmed his approval after the State Department announcement of the U.S. position on Twitter continuing by stating, 

In reference to all parties involved only time can tell if this reversal of perception will change the stalemate outcomes of Israeli-Palestine peace negotiations.  on the world stage what is known is that the decade long policy U.S. position on its approach to Israeli civilian settlements has not worked in  furthering peace talks in this highly contested region.

Hopefully, this renewed political foreign stance will generate positive productive results in supporting allied nations on their independent paths to freedom and mutually beneficial acceptable peace agreements.

Published by Naomi S. Gobern