U.S.: Israeli Settlements Not Illegal

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What Happened?

Last Monday, November 18, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the U.S. no longer views Israeli settlements as illegal, thus reversing a 41-year-old position that the settlements are "inconsistent with international law." The UN and the EU have condemned this reversal.

To provide context, this announcement came one week after the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that EU States must label products from Israeli settlements, so as to indicate that Israel "is present in the territories concerned as an occupy...

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