Updated: Nov 20, 2019
A Press Release By The Leaders Of The Sovereignty Movement:
By Yehudit Katsover and Nadia Matar:
The Sovereignty movement welcomes the US president's declaration that settlements in Judea and Samaria do not violate international law.
"The words of the American President faithfully express the historical truth and international law which states that Judea and Samaria are part of the territory designated for the establishment of a Jewish home for the Jewish people. President Trump continues in his consistent way, standing to the right of Israel and to the right of justice and truth. "
"The sovereignty process continues to progress step by step as a just and moral act that will create regional stability and security. The Trump era is a historic opportunity for the Israeli government to promote its Zionist goals on to its historical mission.”
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See Nadia's comment on Israel National News complete with video interview: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/271916
Summary of Today’s Announcement
Monday, Nov 18th, 2019 marks yet another historic announcement by the Trump Administration. Secretary of State Pompeo announced a policy clarification regarding the legality of Israeli communities in Judea and Samara by stating that; “They are no longer deemed illegal.”
Pompeo’s announcement was the conclusion of a year-long review conducted by the State Department’s legal office. Their verdict of findings was that; “The establishment of Israeli civilian settlements is not, per se, inconsistent with international law.”
This decisive ruling had eluded and frustrated US Governments for years. The WH position halted between the opinions of Democrats as embodied in President Jimmy Carter who in 1978 stated that “…settlements were not consistent with international law…”. This was subsequently overturned by Republican President Ronald Reagan in 1981 who stated that he “…did not view them as inherently illegal.” Not to be outdone, in December of 2016 with only days left in his term, former Democratic President Obama issued a memo not to use the American veto to stop the United Nations Security Council’s passage of Resolution 2334 that condemned Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria as “flagrant violation[s]” of international law”.
That UN resolution was widely regarded as lacking the “legal validity” of previous UN declarations including legislation dating back to the British Mandate and before concerning Jewish rights to their historic homeland.
Today’s announcement by the Trump Administration was an extraordinary “roll-back” of one of Obama’s last decrees in office.
PM Netanyahu congratulated the Trump Administration with this response; “This policy reflects a historical truth — that the Jewish people are not foreign colonialists in Judea and Samaria,” he continued. “In fact, we are called Jews because we are the people of Judea.”
For follow-up we have provided just a few of the many press releases featuring this important announcement;
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