The Growth Of Israeli Settlements #infographic

The Growth Of Israeli Settlements #infographic

The Obama administration took a softer stance and did not oppose a UN resolution calling for Israel's settlements to end by the end of 2016. Nonetheless, the Trump administration has become even more welcoming and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that "the creation of civilian Israeli settlements in the West Bank is not in itself incompatible with international law," adding that their status is something that Israelis and Palestinians need to discuss. Since the late 1970s, the number of Israeli settlers living in the West Bank has steadily risen to 427,800 in 2018, according to statistics released by the Israeli Central Statistical Bureau of Peace Now Advocacy  Group.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to clarify his plans to annex parts of the disputed West Bank as early as tomorrow. The move could be thrown into disarray, however, with alternative prime minister Benny Gantz reportedly saying that Israel needs to deal with COVID 19 before any potential annexation. Governments around the world have voiced opposition to Netanyahu 's plans, and will certainly have an impact if it goes along with them.

It is also reported that the Trump administration is less than optimistic about a potential invasion that could jeopardize its alliance with Sunni allies in the Near East. This follows the US declaration that, late last year, it will change its long-standing position on Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank. Israel built the settlements on land captured during the Six-Day War of 1967 which proved to be a long-standing controversial issue between Israel, the Palestinians and the wider international community. In 1978, the Carter administration concluded that the talks were in contravention of international law.

The Growth Of Israeli Settlements #infographic

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