Trump Admin Rebuffs US Ambassador for Legitimizing Jewish Settlements


Palestinians demand the West Bank as part of a future state.

The attacker had "arrived at the rear gate of Har Adar along with Palestinian labourers entering the settlement" before opening fire on Israeli police guards, police said.

US President Donald Trump is seeking to restart frozen peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. Trump has indirectly endorsed the construction of Israeli settlements and has even hinted that Washington might consider moving its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem; foreign policy moves that might impede the realisation of a two-state solution.

In a video interview with Israeli news site Walla broadcast in full on Friday, ambassador David Friedman said the Jewish state is "only occupying two percent of the West Bank".

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Some diplomats heard various loud noises or felt vibrations during the attacks , others heard nothing but reported symptoms later. Since the FBI took over the investigations, there has been no word from the agency, on its preliminary findings.

Palestinians demand the West Bank as part of a future state, and the global community backs this vision and views Israeli settlements there as illegal.

"I think that was always the expectation when resolution 242 was adopted in 1967", he said, referring to the United Nations security council resolution made at the end of the six-day war, when Israeli forces occupied the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

"So", he continued, "there was always supposed to be some notion of expansion into the West Bank, but not necessarily expansion into the entire West Bank". He said in a statement that "such positions undermine ongoing efforts toward achieving a just and lasting peace between Israel and Palestine", based on 1967 borders.

"And I think that's exactly what Israel has done".

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In Jerusalem, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the decision "seriously harms the chances to achieve peace". Israel lobbies hard against Palestinian efforts to join global organisations to advance their goal of statehood.

Meanwhile, al-Ayyam said Palestine's representative to Washington Hosam Zomlot met with U.S. officials to discuss peace efforts.

Israel captured the West Bank in the 1967 war. Israel's own Supreme Court regards the territory as being held under 'belligerent occupation, ' as defined by global law.

US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman during an interview with Walla News on September 28, 2017. "We're trying to get it done right, not done fast".

While the figure of 2% has been used in the past by Israeli officials to define occupation as the physical footprint of settlement buildings, "area C" - the part of the West Bank under Israeli administrative and security control - accounts for 60% of the West Bank.

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