Israel’s next move: The real danger in US decision to normalize illegal Jewish settlements

 

Palestinians attend Friday prayer during a protest against Jewish settlements near Yata, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank November 1, 2019.
Palestinians attend Friday prayer during a protest against Jewish settlements near Yata, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank November 1, 2019. (photo: Reuters)
The U.S. is giving Israel political carte blanche and asking nothing in return.

By Ramzy Baroud | Counterpunch | Nov 29, 2019

One theory regarding the ongoing surrender of US foreign policy to Israel is that Washington is slowly, but permanently, withdrawing from the Middle East…

It is hardly shocking that the United States government has finally decreed that illegal Jewish settlements which have been built in defiance of international law, are, somehow, “consistent” with international law.

US foreign policy has been edging closer towards this conclusion for some time. Since his advent to the White House in January 2017, President Donald Trump has unleashed a total and complete reversal of his country’s foreign policy regarding Palestine and Israel.

Let us not have any illusion regarding the American approach to the so-called ‘Israeli-Palestinian conflict’ prior to Trump’s Presidency. The US has never, not even once, stood up for Palestinians or Arabs since the establishment of the State of Israel over the ruins of historic Palestine in 1948. Moreover, Washington has bankrolled the Israeli occupation of Palestine in every possible way, including the subsidizing of the illegal Jewish settlements.

However, Pompeo’s statement at a State Department press conference on November 18 that, “the establishment of Israeli civilian settlements is not, per se, inconsistent with international law,” is still very dangerous and it does, in fact, constitute a political departure from previous US policies. How?

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