Israel Palestine Agreement

“The big losers are the Palestinians who have watched the Arab world move closer to Israel and who seem to be rewarding Netanyahu for ignoring the Palestinians and undermining palestinian interests,” he said. For years, the United States has officially condemned these settlements — they have been called obstacles to peace — but have not been directly called illegal to prevent Israel from facing international sanctions. A 1978 State Department legal opinion states that Jewish settlements in the occupied territories are not permitted under international law, but President Ronald Reagan said in a 1981 interview that settlements were “ill-advised” but “not illegal.” George H.W. Bush was the first president to tie the amount of aid Israel would receive to his settlement building and deduct settlement construction costs from U.S. credit guarantees. Clinton, however, later authorized waivers for settlement construction in East Jerusalem and for “natural growth.” In 2004, George W. was appointed…

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