US State Department Secretary Mike Pompeo Says Israeli Settlements in West Bank Do Not Violate International Law

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With the assumed agreement of President Trump, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the US is repudiating the 1978 State Department legal opinion that the Israeli settlements in occupied Palestine are in violation of international law. The Fourth Geneva Convention bars an occupying power from transferring its own civilian population into occupied territory. However, President Trump’s State Department argues that this international law does not advance the cause of peace and, therefore, can be ignored. Dr. Ron Paul questions the source of Pompeo’s presumed authority to make such a declaration.

 

In a move seen as a further blow to Palestinian hopes for statehood, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced that the US is repudiating the 1978 State Department legal opinion that the Israeli settlements in occupied Palestine are in violation of international law.

The Fourth Geneva Convention is very clear about settlements being illegal, as it explicitly bars an occupying power from transferring its own civilian population into occupied territory.

Pompeo’s position is that the US stance on West Bank settlements is based on “unique facts.” While not necessarily trying to reinterpret international law, the State Department will now argue that international law doesn’t advance the cause of peace and therefore should be ignored.

Instead, Pompeo will argue that any legal questions on Israel building settlements in occupied Palestine should be handled within Israeli courts. He added that he did not intend to prejudge the status of the Wes Bank in any peace deal. 


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https://www.rt.com/news/473741-us-israel-settlements-legal/

 

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What a joke.