The Trump administration, arguably the most Israeli-friendly presidency ever – has rolled back Barack Obama’s policy claiming Israeli settlements on the West Bank were “illegal.”
The fact that every leftist media outlet is screaming about this decision means the president is doing the right thing.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Monday that the U.S. had reversed the policy of Presidents Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama, who declared Israeli settlements in Judea and Samaria (the “West Bank”) illegal.
Israel took over the region during the Six Day War in June 1967, after Jordan, ignoring pleas from Israel to stay out of the unfolding war with Egypt and Syria, began shelling western Jerusalem. Israel’s counter-attack was victorious.
Jordan was told to stay out of the fight, and when they refused, Israel steamrolled them. Jordan lost the war, and lost some of their territory. Case closed.
Though the area is commonly described as “occupied,” Israel has long maintained that the territory is actually “disputed,” since Jordan had no sovereign right to the territory. If anything, Israel has a superior legal claim, resting on the Balfour Declaration on 1917 and the subsequent League of Nations approval of the British Mandate, which included provision for a Jewish National Home in Palestine. Palestinians also claim the area for their future state.
Jordan occupied the area in 1948, then decided to “annex it” two years later. By that logic, Jordan has as much right to the West Bank as Australia, Slovakia, or Peru.
The Trump administration has done much to reverse Barack Obama’s ridiculous policies, and the fact the president dotes on Israel must make King Putt furious.