Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called for a month-long change in settlement policy in the US, according to a report released shortly after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's announcement on Monday that the US government will ease its stance on Israeli settlements ,
The Prime Minister's office did not immediately respond to Fox News request for confirmation, but according to The Times of Israel, which quoted a high-ranking Israeli official, Netanyahu has been following the dramatic change in US settlements policy worked. " for a couple of months.
The official reportedly added that it was developed in cooperation with the National Security Council and the Department of International Law in the Attorney General's Office.
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While the decision is largely symbolic, it could boost Netanyahu, who is fighting for his political survival after he failed to form a coalition government following recent elections.
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Netanyahu's office issued a statement on shifting settlements policy to "rights and historical errors."
historical truth – that the Jewish people in Judea and Samaria are not foreign colonialists, "it says in the Israeli terms for the West Bank.
"In fact, we are called Jews because we are the people of Judea. " The statement goes on to state that" Israel remains ready and willing to conduct peace negotiations with the Palestinians on all issues of final status, in order to achieve lasting peace, but will continue to make all the arguments regarding Reject illegality of the settlements. "
Israel is" deeply grateful "to President Trump, Pompeo, and the entire US Government for their unwavering commitment to truth and justice. We address all responsible countries that hope to promote peace, a similar one
Foreign Minister Israel Katz welcomed the announcement by the US to change its policy regarding settlements in the West Bank and tweeted: "There is no dispute over the law of the Jewish people over the land of Israel Decision of the European Court of Justice and boycott attempt against Israel. "
While the new announcement is being praised by Israeli officials, the international community is not accepting the news.
In a statement to the Vice President of the European Commission by Fox News, Federica Mogherini, said: "The position of the European Union for Israeli settlement policy in the occupied Palestinian territory is clear and remains unchanged undermining the viability of the two-state solution and the prospect of a lasting peace.
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A statement said: "The EU will continue to resume a significant process towards a negotiated settlement with two Assisting States that is the only realistic and workable way Kelly Craft, the US ambassador to the United Nations, responded to Pompeo's announcement on Monday saying, "While Israel is surrounded by neighbors seeking to destroy it, the international Community the audacity to make this nation the subject of their harshest criticism. I will stand for it today and not at any day. "
" To put it bluntly, the United States continues to be fully committed to the cause of peace. Today's announcement does not change that. And as we work for peace, we are also committed to #Israel, "she added.
The US layer is a victory for Netanyahu, a longtime booster of settlements, and was strongly supported by the US ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, and the great Trump donor Sheldon Adelson. Friedman was an important fundraiser for the settlements before he became ambassador.
On Monday, Friedman responded to the announcement by tweeting: "After commissioning a detailed and comprehensive review of the issues, Minister Pompeo has concluded that Israeli civil settlements in Judea and Samaria are not categorically illegal settlements. "
Friedman thanked Trump and Pompeo for their important work," which will advance the cause of peace by creating equal conditions for future talks. "
Israel conquered the West Bank and East Jerusalem Middle East War in 1967 and quickly began the newly conquered Territory to settle.
Today, around 700,000 Israelis live in the two areas, both claimed by the Palestinians for their state. After the war, it immediately annexed East Jerusalem, home of the saint. The city's main religious sites – a step that is internationally unrecognized.
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But Israel has never annexed the West Bank, although it has littered the territory with dozens of settlements and tiny settlement outposts. The claim that the fate of the settlements was the subject of negotiations has, however, been steadily expanded.
Some larger settlements with more than 30,000 inhabitants resemble small towns and served as suburbs of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.
Settler leaders said the US attempt to ease their stance on Israeli settlements is a "big step" toward annexation, the Times of Israel reported.
"We welcome the US government's decision to recognize the right of the Jewish people to settle, plant and build in Judea and Samaria," said Yisrael Gantz, chairman of the Binyamin Regional Council. The Binyamin Regional Council governs dozens of Israeli settlements in southern Samaria.
David Ha'vi, a Jewish resident of Kfar Tapuach, an Israeli settlement in Samaria, called Pompeo's announcement a "blessing" and told Fox News, "The Trump Administration deserves great praise and recognition for the historic decision, recognize that Israel is not committing crimes by allowing Jewish citizens to live in the historic homeland of the Jewish people in Shomron (19459013) and Judea (19659003). "Yishai Fleisher, The International Spokesman for the Jewish Community of Hebron, also resigned in the West Bank, told Fox News: "This decision is huge and changes the way the world will judge the Jews' right to live in Judea."
He added, "For those living in Hebron For Jews, this will only mean a feeling that the world is beginning to recognize, starting, of course, with President Trump and his government, the world begins to beg recognize that Jews have lived in Judea and will live forever in Judea. "
Palestinians and supporters say the settlements are undermining hopes for a two-state solution by devouring the land sought by the Palestinians.
A spokesman Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Nabil Abu Rdeneh, condemned Pompeo's announcement.
"The US government has lost its credibility to play a future role in the peace process," he said. The joint list of predominantly Arab parties in the Knesset [Israeli Parliament] tweeted: "No foreign minister will change the fact that the settlements are on occupied land on which an independent Palestinian state will be built alongside Israel. " Foreign Affairs, Ayman Safadi, tweeted Monday: "Settlements in occupied # Palestine are an obvious violation of international law and the UN Security Council Resolution (19459016). It is an illegal act that kills a two-state solution. Jordan's position to condemn her is unshakeable. We warn against the dangerous consequences of a change of position of the USA on settlements in the MEP [Middle East Peace Process]. "
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Palestinian Authority According to The Times of Israel, chief negotiator Saeb Erekat has announced the change of US policy in Regarding settlements in the West Bank criticized.
"With this announcement, Trump again demonstrates to what extent it threatens the international system with its relentless attempts to replace international law with the 'Law of the Jungle'," states a statement by Erekat.
"From now on, the international community must take all necessary measures to respond to and deter this irresponsible US behavior, which poses a threat to global stability, security and peace. The only path to peace in Palestine, Israel, and the entire Middle East leads to the freedom and independence of the Palestinian state on the 1967 border with East Jerusalem as the capital. "
Netanyahu tweeted later on Monday:" I was on the phone with US President Donald Trump, telling him that he had corrected a historical injustice. Someone had to tell a simple truth, and President Trump did so just as he did with the recognition of the Golan Heights and the move of the US Embassy to Jerusalem. "
" I told President Trump that we are not part of a foreign country. This has been our home for over 3,000 years. The reason why we are called Jews is because we came here from Judea, "Netanyahu added in another tweet.
For Netanyahu, the welcome boost comes at a time when it has been weakened domestically by increasing legal issues and two inconclusive elections this year.
Netanyahu can not reach a parliamentary majority and is now waiting eagerly to see if his boss manages to rival Benny Gantz can form a coalition. If Gantz fails, Netanyahu may be forced to make a third choice before diverting a lawsuit.
Gantz praised Pompeo's announcement to tweet on Monday: "I welcome the US government for its important declaration and reaffirm its strong commitment to Israel and its commitment to the security of the Middle East. The fate of the settlements should be determined by agreements that meet security requirements and promote peace.
The UN Security Council will meet on Wednesday to discuss recent developments in the Middle East, including the announcement of Pompeo's policy shift towards the West Bank Settlements.
Israel's Ambassador to the United Nations, Danny Danon, said Monday: "Our right to the land of Israel is based not only on historical claims, but also on the international legal ideas of justice. We welcome the announcement by the US government, and I urge my fellow ambassadors to review the US decision without prejudice and to adopt their legal basis. "
In a Palestinian Authority statement, Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki wrote:" The State of Palestine condemns. The strongest terms were the US government's unlawful positions on Israel's illegal settlements in the Occupied Territory of Palestine, as stated by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo were announced.
international consensus on this issue. "
" The current US administration has passed an anti-Palestinian agenda and has sought to strengthen and legitimize the Israeli colonial settler agenda. This ideologically motivated and irresponsible policy, including the recent announcement by Minister Pompeo, undoubtedly proves that the current US administration has oriented itself towards Israel's illegal colonial enterprises and thus does not meet the most basic requirements to play a role in the future solution, "said the foreign minister.
He urged the international community to "resolutely respond to such destructive behavior by supporting Palestinian international efforts to protect the two-state solution", the downfall of the international order and the irreversible damage to the achievements of the United States Humanity in the last seven decades and the danger of overthrowing the world in chaos and violence. "
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Andrew O'Reilly and The Associated Press of Fox News have contributed to this report.