The Growth Of Israeli Settlements #infographic

The Growth Of Israeli Settlements #infographic

The Obama administration has taken a softer stance and has not vetoed a UN resolution calling for an end to Israel's settlements by end 2016. Nevertheless, the Trump administration has been much more accepting, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that "the creation of civilian Israeli settlements in the West Bank is not in itself inconsistent with international law," adding that their status is something that Israelis and Palestinians need to negotiate. The number of Israeli settlers living in the West Bank has gradually risen since the late 1970s, reaching 427,800 in 2018, according to statistics from the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics released by the Israeli Peace Now Advocacy Group.

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

The Trump administration is also known to be less than positive about a possible invasion that could jeopardize its alliance with Sunni allies around the Middle East. It follows the US announcement that it will change its longstanding stance on Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank late last year. Israel built the settlements on land captured in the 1967 Six-Day War which proved to be a controversial issue between Israel, the Palestinians and the wider international community for a long time. In 1978, the Carter administration came to the conclusion that the negotiations contravened international law.

The Growth Of Israeli Settlements #infographic

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