Palestinians slam US Israel envoy's 'ignorance'

Consecutive American administrations, both Democratic and Republicans, have stated that the U.S. does not support the legitimacy of Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

"I think the settlements are part of Israel", Friedman stressed.

Friedman explained that the various United Nations resolutions upon which the peace process is based never required Israel to surrender the entirety of the territory it liberated from Jordanian occupation in 1967.

The State Department declined to defend David Friedman, its ambassador to Israel, on Thursday after he claimed in an interview that Israeli settlements built after 1967 are a part of the country. He said that he views West Bank settlements as part of Israel, with "important nationalistic, historic, religious significance", adding that the term "two-state solution" has lost its meaning.

US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman supports the legal rights of Jewish communities beyond the 1967 boundaries, signaling a fresh approach to resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

"So there was always supposed to be some notion of expansion into the West Bank, but not necessarily expansion into the entire West Bank", he continued.

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"And I think that's exactly what Israel has done".

The Yesha Council, which represents settlers across the occupied West Bank, welcomed the ambassador's comments. I mean, they're only occupying 2% of the West Bank.

UN Resolution 242, adopted in the aftermath of the Six-Day War, called for Israel to withdraw from the territories it occupied in 1967 in exchange for security guarantees with Arab neighbors.

A Palestinian opened fire at Israeli security personnel at the entrance to a West Bank settlement where he had worked, killing three and wounding another before being shot dead.

More than 600,000 Israelis now live in settlements in the territory that are regarded as illegal by most of the worldwide community. "Obviously its clear what is going on here, 54% of American foreign aid goes to Israel, 26% of that allows Israelis to buy weapons from Israeli suppliers and the list just goes on and on", Dankof said.

Al-Quds said Israel rejected an American request to give Palestinians control over a road that goes through Area C that serve the new town of Rawabi, north of Ramallah.

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