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US Ambassador Falsely Claims Israel Only Occupies 2% Of West Bank

US Ambassador Falsely Claims Israel Only Occupies 2% Of West Bank

The "two per cent" figure is often used by Israeli officials to describe the amount of physical space taken up by settlement building in the West Bank.

Friedman explained that a new Israeli-Palestinian peace plan is in the works, and will be presented in the coming months.

Friedman added that since the United Nations adopted Resolution 242 in 1967, "the expectation" was "that Israel would retain a meaningful portion of the West Bank, and it would return that which it didn't need for peace and security".

"His comments. should not be read as a way to prejudge the outcome of any negotiation that the U.S. would have with Israel and the Palestinians", spokeswoman Heather Nauert told reporters in Washington on Thursday.

Far from considering settlements to be part of Israel, American foreign policy has traditionally held that Israeli settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem is an obstacle to peace. "We'll try to get it done right, not done fast".

"And I think that's exactly what Israel has done".

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Israel occupied the Palestinian West Bank, including East Jerusalem, during the 1967 Arab-Israeli War.

According to the 1994 internationally recognized deal establishing the Palestinian Authority, Israel maintains full military and civilian control of 60% of the West Bank in addition to military control over another 22% of the area and full control of its borders.

"Then we have Friedman's repetition of the canard, a common talking point of settler apologists, that Israel occupies only 2% of the West Bank".

However, the UN Resolution 242, signed after the 1967 Israeli occupation of the Gaza Strip, West Bank, Sinai and Golan Heights calls for the withdrawal of Israeli troops from the lands occupied during the conflict. The idea was that Israel would be entitled to secure borders. "It should also not indicate a shift in USA policy". Israel's own Supreme Court regards the territory as being held under 'belligerent occupation, ' as defined by global law.

Al-Quds said Israel rejected an American request to give Palestinians control over a road that goes through Area C that serve the new town of Rawabi, north of Ramallah.

"I don't know where that came from", Nauert said about Friedman's "2 percent" assessment.


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