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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 PompeoMike PompeoSunday shows - Biden foreign policy in focus Pompeo defends Trump on Russia in Chris Wallace interview Pompeo: Decline of free speech on college campuses keeps me up at night 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 TrumpBiden prepares to confront Putin Biden aims to bolster troubled Turkey ties in first Erdoğan meeting Senate investigation of insurrection falls short MORE’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerThe Israel-Hamas ceasefire is holding — what's next? Eric Trump buys .2M home near father's golf club in Florida CDC's about-face on masks appears politically motivated to help a struggling Biden 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.