US: “Our policy on settlements is clear”

The spokeswoman for the US State Department commented on the Knesset Ministerial Committee for Legislation’s approval of the Regulation Law: “We are deeply concerned about the advancement of legislation that would allow for the legalization of illegal Israeli outposts located on private Palestinian land.”
Amona residents protesting Photo Credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash 90

Two months before US President Barack Obama finishes his second term in office and a month before the Amona outpost in the West Bank is scheduled to be evacuated, the White House expressed concerns over the Israeli Regulation Law.

In a statement released on Monday night, US State Department spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau said that Washington is “deeply concerned about the advancement of legislation that would allow for the legalization of illegal Israeli outposts located on private Palestinian land.”

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“Our policy on settlements is clear,” continued Trudeau. “We believe they are corrosive to the cause of peace. This legislation would be a dramatic advancement of the settlement enterprise, which is already gravely endangering the prospects for a two-state solution.”

As reported by JOL News last night, Amona residents gathered for an emergency meeting following the Supreme Court’s decision to deny the government’s request to postpone the evacuation by seven months.  


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