The Growth Of Israeli Settlements #infographic

The Growth Of Israeli Settlements
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to clarify his plans for the annexation of parts of the occupied West Bank as early as tomorrow. The move could be thrown into disarray, however, with alternate prime minister Benny Gantz reportedly suggesting that Israel needs to deal with COVID 19 ahead of any possible annexation. Governments around the world have expressed opposition to Netanyahu 's plans, and it is likely that Israel will have an impact if it goes along with them.

It is also confirmed that the Trump administration is less than optimistic about a potential annexation that could jeopardize its relations with Sunni allies across the Middle East. This is following the US's declaration late last year that it will be changing its longstanding position on Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank. The settlements were built by Israel on land seized in the 1967 Six-Day War and have long proven to be a contentious problem between Israel, the Palestinians and the broader international community. In 1978, the Carter administration concluded that the agreements were inconsistent with international law.

The Obama administration took a softer position and did not veto a UN resolution calling for an end to Israeli settlements by the end of 2016. The Trump administration has proved much more welcoming, however, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that "the creation of Israeli civilian settlements in the West Bank is not, in itself, incompatible with international law," adding that their status is something that Israelis and Palestinians must discuss. According to data from the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics published by the Israeli Peace Now Advocacy Group, the number of Israeli settlers living in the West Bank has steadily increased since the late 1970s, reaching 427,800 in 2018.

The Growth Of Israeli Settlements #infographic


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