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 PompeoTreasury sanctions individuals, groups tied to Russian malign influence activities Navalny released from hospital after suspected poisoning Overnight Defense: Pentagon redirects pandemic funding to defense contractors | US planning for full Afghanistan withdrawal by May | Anti-Trump GOP group puts ads in military papers 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 TrumpBiden on Trump's refusal to commit to peaceful transfer of power: 'What country are we in?' Romney: 'Unthinkable and unacceptable' to not commit to peaceful transition of power Two Louisville police officers shot amid Breonna Taylor grand jury protests MORE’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerAbraham Accords: New hope for peace in Middle East Tenants in Kushner building file lawsuit alleging dangerous living conditions Trump hosts Israel, UAE, Bahrain for historic signing 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.