Pompeo: US to soften its position on West Bank settlements

Palestinians attend the funeral of the Asoarka family killed in the Israeli strike Deir al-Balah Gaza Strip

Palestinians attend the funeral of the Asoarka family killed in the Israeli strike Deir al-Balah Gaza Strip

"The IDF (Israel Defense Forces) views the rocket fire with great severity and is prepared for various scenarios", the statement read.

Chief foreign envoy of the Yesha council Oded Revivi, right, and Science Minister Ofir Akunis, surveying new construction in the settlement of Efrat on January 16, 2017.

The announcement by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was a victory for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is struggling to remain in power after two inconclusive Israeli elections this year, and a defeat for the Palestinians.

"To reject worldwide law and the rights of the Palestinian people who suffer under an illegal occupation contradicts our nation's claimed support for justice and human rights".

Today, some 700,000 Israeli settlers live in the two areas, which are both claimed by the Palestinians for their state.

"We warn against risky consequences of United States change of position", Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi tweeted. He added that the decision did not mean the administration was prejudging the status of the West Bank in any eventual Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement.

In a statement, the Foreign Office spokesman said the worldwide community has the obligation to take cognizance of those aggressive actions which are in violation of the global humanitarian laws. "The hard truth is that there will never be a judicial resolution to the conflict, and arguments about who is right and who is wrong as a matter of worldwide law will not bring peace".

"Calling the establishment of settlement inconsistent with worldwide law has not worked", he added. "The U.S. public statements on settlement activities in the West Bank have been inconsistent over decades".

Netanyahu said the US decision "rights a historical wrong" and called on other countries to take a similar stance.

The Palestinian Authority, which has not held elections in since 2006, claims that territory in Judea and Samaria will be a part of a future independent state.

Fighting flared after Israel killed a PIJ commander on Monday. President Trump continues in his consistent way, standing alongside Israel and alongside justice and truth.

The attacks were focussed on the Islamic Jihad, which marked a change in Israel's position concerning Hamas.

"The establishment of Israeli settlements in the West Bank is not inconsistent with global law".

Sanders, a candidate for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, said in a tweet that it was clear the settlements are illegal and suggested that President Donald Trump was pushing the issue due to pressure from his right-wing supporters.

World powers overwhelmingly consider the settlements illegal under global law, many of them built on land confiscated from Palestinian families and squeezing them into ever-smaller enclaves. They also constitute a war crime ...

"Once again, with this announcement, the Trump administration is demonstrating the extent to which it's threating the global system with its unceasing attempts to replace worldwide law with the 'law of the jungle, '" the statement said.

However, the Trump administration has previously recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital, a position also opposed by the United Nations.

Haniyeh made the remarks on Sunday after he gave his condolences to the Abu Malhous family which lost eight of its members in the last round of violence between Israel and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Xinhua news agency reported.

Palestinian security sources said the Israeli strikes were aimed at two Hamas sites in the north of the territory.

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