• Trump Admin Decision on Israeli Settlements Declares Israel Has a Right to Be There

    Surge Summary: This week the Trump administration rejected a Carter- and Obama-era policy which suggested Israeli settlements in Judea and Samaria are illegal. This decision by the President recognizes an historical fact: the Jews are not outsiders colonizing Judea and Samaria, but actually residing in land that belong to them.

    by Gary Bauer

    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Monday that the United States would no longer recognize a controversial legal opinion from the Carter Administration known as the Hansell Memorandum.  The memorandum suggested that Israeli settlements in Judea and Samaria were illegal.  However, every subsequent administration, Republican and Democrat alike, refused to act on it.  Until December 23, 2016.

    That’s when the Obama Administration, literally in its final month in office, betrayed Israel at the United Nations Security Council.  Then-U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power was ordered by Obama to abstain, rather than veto, a resolution that condemned Israeli settlements as a “a flagrant violation” of international law.

    Such resolutions had been repeatedly vetoed by the United States.  But not this time.  Obama wanted to stick it to Israel one more time.  With Donald Trump and Mike Pence in office, the days of bashing Israel are over!

    There was wide praise for Pompeo’s announcement in Israel.  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said:

    “Today, the United States adopted an important policy that rights a historical wrong when the Trump administration clearly rejected the false claim that Israeli settlements in Judea and Samaria are inherently illegal under international law. 

    “This policy reflects an historical truth – that the Jewish people are not foreign colonialists in Judea and Samaria.   In fact, we are called Jews because we are the people of Judea. . .

    “Israel is deeply grateful to President Trump, Secretary Pompeo and the entire U.S. administration for their steadfast position supporting truth and justice, and calls upon all responsible countries who hope to advance peace to adopt a similar position.”

    Moshe Ya’alon, a former Israeli defense minister and member of the opposition Blue and White coalition, also applauded the decision.  In a series of tweets, Ya’alon wrote:

    “I salute the United States administration’s historic stance and acknowledgment regarding the legality of Israeli settlements in the West Bank and their consistency with international law. 

    “It is important to set the record straight and receive an endorsement of what we have known all along. . .  An aboriginal people cannot be considered an illegal settler in its ancestral homeland.” 

    Originally posted here.

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    Image: By Israel Defense Forces from Israel – Brother’s Keeper Operation in Judea & Samaria, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=34345430

    Gary Lee Bauer is an American politician and activist, who served in the Reagan administration. He later became president of the Family Research Council and a senior vice president of Focus on the Family. In 2000, he participated in the Republican presidential contest.

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