Israel legalises settler homes on private Palestinian land

Since the Clinton administration, this has also included backing for the establishment of a Palestinian state.

However following a ruling by the Supreme Court, Israeli police last week dragged out the few hundred residents, as well as more than 1,000 hardcore supporters.

"Israeli officials driving settlement policy should know that the Trump administration can not shield them from the scrutiny of the International Criminal Court, where the prosecutor continues to examine unlawful Israeli settlement activity". "The train leaves from here will only stop at The Hague", Herzog said in reference to the International Criminal Court. In addition, Israel has built more than 120 authorized West Bank settlements, housing about 400,000 people, that it considers legal and that most countries do not.

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"Being in this room was a particularly moving moment for me as the prime minister of Israel", Netanyahu wrote on Facebook as he was "with British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, exactly in the place where almost 100 years ago Foreign Secretary Balfour signed the declaration recognizing the right of the Jewish people to a national home in the Land of Israel".

An Israeli soldier stands guard while another soldier checks vehicles February 15, 2002 at a checkpoint on the road outside of Hebron.

While this leak was widely interpreted as a signal that Trump is intent on putting an unexpected brake on Israel's settlement activity, a self-contradicting statement released by the White House yesterday casts doubt on this explanation.

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Netanyahu did not participate in the vote since he was returning from a trip to London.

He said: "Earlier today, the Prime Minister had a meeting with the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu". On Monday, the Israeli leader said he had informed the Trump White House that a vote on the legislation was imminent. "By passing this law, Netanyahu makes theft an official Israeli policy and stains the Israeli law books".

The law has faced strident opposition, including from Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit, who has warned that it marks the first time Israeli legislation explicitly affirms government support for the settlements, and would openly curtail property rights of Palestinians in the West Bank in a way that contravenes the protections granted to occupied populations under the Fourth Geneva Convention. Palestinian owners would receive financial compensation. The bill retroactively gives the Israeli government's blessing to settlements originally constructed without government approval.

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Settlements are illegal under global law and, as outlined in the Middle East Quartet report, present one of the main impediments to peace.


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