U.S. backs Israel on settlements, angering Palestinians and clouding peace process

FILE PHOTO: A general view shows the Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba in Hebron, in the occupied West Bank September 11, 2018. REUTERS/Mussa Qawasma/File Photo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States on Monday effectively backed Israel’s right to build Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank by abandoning its four-decade-old position that they were “inconsistent with international law,” a stance that may make Israeli-Palestinian peace even more elusive. The announcement by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was a victory for […]

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