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It’s Open Season on Land Theft

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20.11.2019

The key sentence in U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s statement, which cloaked the West Bank settlement project in legality, is in the words “the conclusion that we will no longer recognize Israeli settlements as per se inconsistent with international law is based on the unique facts, history and circumstances presented by the establishment of civilian settlements in the West Bank.”

More than the actual assertion that President Donald Trump’s administration does not see the settlements as a violation of international law, the reliance on “the unique facts, history and circumstances” as a pretext to legitimize them must sicken the people who still believe in diplomatic processes in general and the peace process in particular.

The meaning of this policy is that any country, be it Russia, China, Iran or even the United States itself, can create “unique facts” and new “circumstances” in any area it wants, and if they hold that area long enough, they can enjoy legal status there.

Pompeo himself realized the danger in such an interpretation, and hastened to add that the........

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