Ambassador Friedman: “There is important nationalistic, historical, religious significance to those settlements”

JTA.ORG
Israel Ambassador David Friedman doesn’t speak for us, State Dept. says
September 29, 2017

Israel Ambassador David Friedman’s comments on the West Bank and Israeli settlements do not indicate a change in U.S. policy, a State Department spokeswoman said. Friedman told the Israeli news site Walla on Thursday that Israel was occupying only 2 percent of the West Bank, that the two-state solution “had lost its meaning” and that settlements are part of Israel. The statements depart from longstanding U.S. policy. The U.S. has opposed settlement building, supported the establishment of a Palestinian state alongside Israel and brokered the 1993 Oslo Accords, under which Israel fully controls 60 percent of the West Bank…Friday, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert distanced the U.S. from Friedman’s comments. READ MORE

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