UN pushes back on US reversal on Israeli settlements

UN pushes back on US reversal on Israeli settlements

The United Nations human rights council pushed back Tuesday on the United State’s announcement that it would not consider Israeli settlements in the West Bank a violation of international law. 

“A change in the policy position of one state does not modify existing international law nor its interpretation by the International Court of Justice and the [U.N.] Security Council,” U.N. human rights spokesman Rupert Colville said at a Geneva news briefing, according to Reuters.

The response came after Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoDems plan marathon prep for Senate trial, wary of Trump trying to 'game' the process Overnight Defense: Book says Trump called military leaders 'dopes and babies' | House reinvites Pompeo for Iran hearing | Dems urge Esper to reject border wall funding request House panel reinvites Pompeo to deliver Iran testimony MORE’s Monday announcement that the U.S. will not consider those Israeli settlements a violation of the law. 

Pompeo said the decision strengthens the U.S.’s position ahead of the expected release of a Mideast peace plan authored by President TrumpDonald John TrumpNational Archives says it altered Trump signs, other messages in Women's March photo Dems plan marathon prep for Senate trial, wary of Trump trying to 'game' the process Democratic lawmaker dismisses GOP lawsuit threat: 'Take your letter and shove it' MORE’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerDOJ releases new tranche of Mueller witness documents Jared Kushner's sister-in-law Karlie Kloss says she will vote against Trump in 2020 The Hill's 12:30 Report: Senate receives impeachment articles as trial opens MORE.

Israel took over the West Bank of the Jordan Valley after the 1967 Six-Day War. An estimated 700,000 Israelis live in communities on the West Bank in areas where Palestinians claim land rights.