US says Israeli settlements are no longer illegal

Nov 20, 2019

ABC NewsRadio

Professor Amin Saikal, a Middle East Specialist from the Australian National University, spoke to ABC NewsRadio about US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s recent comments that the settlements in the West Bank are no longer illegal.

By Sarah Hall
Presented by ABC NewsRadio

Settlements are communities established by Israel on land occupied in the 1967 Middle East war. They have long been a source of dispute between Israel and the international community, and the Palestinians. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the status of the West Bank was for Israelis and Palestinians to negotiate. Israel immediately welcomed the move – a reversal of the US position under Mr Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama. Professor Amin Saikal is a Middle East Specialist from the Australian National University, and spoke to ABC NewsRadio’s Sarah Hall.

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