Dailies highlight controversial statements by USA ambassador to Israel — Newspapers Review

Dailies highlight controversial statements by USA ambassador to Israel — Newspapers Review

In addition, reports compiled by the United Nations and NGOs suggest up to 39% of all land in the occupied West Bank is under the control of Jewish municipalities, local authorities and regional councils, with Israel effectively prohibiting Palestinian construction and development there.

"I think the settlements are part of Israel", Friedman stressed.

The Trump State Department's reaction was both swift and harsh.

US State Department spokeswoman, Heather Nauert, said that remarks by US Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, about settlements do not reflect US policy about the issue, news agencies reported on Friday.

The US ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, has made a second dramatic intervention in US Middle East policy, suggesting that only 2% of the West Bank is occupied by Israel and that the worldwide community always intended for Israel to keep some of the land it seized during the six-day war in 1967. "There was always supposed to be some expectation of [Israeli] expansion" into Judea and Samaria.

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They added nothing Friedman says should be viewed as a change of any U.S. positions.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Wednesday, 7 Tishrei 5778, in Jerusalem, met with US President Donald Trump's special envoy, Jason Greenblatt, and US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman. "I mean, they're only occupying 2 percent of the West Bank", Friedman told Walla.

UN Resolution 242, adopted in the aftermath of the Six-Day War, called for Israel to withdraw from the territories it occupied in 1967 in exchange for security guarantees with Arab neighbors. Friedman added, "The 1967 borders were viewed by everybody as not secure".

The illegal construction of Israeli settlements on Palestinian lands serves as the major obstacle to a peaceful two-state settlement of the decade's long conflict. But as Friedman must know, Israel's control of the West Bank - geographically, topographically, politically, economically, and in any other way imaginable - can not be dwarfed into his two-percent figure. "I want to be crystal clear".