April 22, 2018

Washington distances itself from ambassador's remarks on settlements

01 October 2017, 12:20 | Kenneth Drake

Americans for Peace Now urge firing of Ambassador Friedman

Israeli security deploys at an entrance to Har Adar settlement near Jerusalem after a Palestinian assailant opened fire killing three Israeli men and critically wounding a fourth

Abbas has always been a critic of violence, but has remained quiet in the past when attacks against Israelis took place in the West Bank.

"I think the settlements are part of Israel", Friedman said in an interview with the Israeli network Walla.

The Trump State Department's reaction was both swift and harsh. "The existing borders, the 1967 borders, were viewed by everybody as not secure, so Israel would retain a meaningful portion of the West Bank, and it would return that which it didn't need for peace and security".

The three Palestinian Arabic dailies published on Saturday highlighted on their front page controversial statements by the U.S. ambassador to Israel, David Freidman, in which he said Israel occupies only two percent of the West Bank.

A Palestinian killed three Israelis and seriously wounded another before he was shot dead at a West Bank settlement near Jerusalem.

"So there was always supposed to be some notion of expansion into the West Bank, but not necessarily expansion into the entire West Bank", he continued. From more news and updates, please visit our website at today's report has been brought to you by George Rishmawi and me Ghassan Bannoura.

President Mahmoud Abbas
President Mahmoud Abbas

Israel occupied the West Bank during the 1967 war. Friedman added, "The 1967 borders were viewed by everybody as not secure".

Friedman referred to the "important nationalistic, historical, and religious significance" of these communities, commenting, "I think the settlers view themselves as Israelis, and Israel views the settlers as Israelis".

The US ambassador is a vocal supporter of Israel's illegal settlement activities in the occupied territories and its occupation even though they contradict with official US policy.

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.

On Thursday, Friedman courted controversy, telling Walla news that the two-state solution "has lost its meaning, or at least has a different meaning for different people", forcing the US State Department to somewhat distance itself from its envoy's remarks. "Obviously its clear what is going on here, 54% of American foreign aid goes to Israel, 26% of that allows Israelis to buy weapons from Israeli suppliers and the list just goes on and on", Dankof said.

Other News

Trending Now

Repeal of women driving ban tests Saudi reform drive
Women with a licence from any of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries would be allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia, he added. She later posted a picture of Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman with the caption "And they blame me for loving you".

Deloitte breached by hackers, client accounts compromised
The attacker used a single administrator account with one password, which did not have two-factor authentication. Later, a spokesperson said that a "very small fraction" of the five million emails stored there were stolen.

Mass held for Mexican quake victims as search continues
The Mexican and foreign crews bent on rescuing survivors refused to call it quits. "They're very afraid", she told AFP. Similar scenes have been playing out across central Mexico since Tuesday's 7.1 magnitude natural disaster struck.

Treasury yields jump as traders position for higher rates
Trump has praised Yellen since taking office, saying he approves of the Fed's current low interest rates and respects the chair. An index of European banks rose 1.5 percent as the pan-European STOXX 600 share index rose 0.3 percent to a 10-week high.

Saudi Arabia Is Allowing Women to Drive Cars for the First Time
Last week the country allowed women to enter sports stadiums for the first time, as the country continues to reform. Activist Loujain al-Hathloul was arrested in 2014 for driving into Saudi Arabia from United Arab Emirates.

Trump says 20 percent rate his goal all along
Trump and House Republicans have been projected to cost $3 trillion to $7 trillion over a decade. Currently, the standard deduction is $12,700 for married filers and $6,350 for single filers.

Price apologizes, says he'll pay for charter flights
Ruben Gallego, R-Ariz.; Ted Lieu, D-Calif.; Brenda Lawrence, D-Mich.; Jamie Raskin, D-Md.; and Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash. Price also said that, "I have spent forty years both as a doctor and in public service putting people first".

Even in Death, Hugh Hefner Sleazily Sidles Up to Marilyn Monroe
Hefner started the infamous magazine when he was 27 with Marilyn Monroe gracing the first cover. Hugh Hefner was a pop culture icon whose reach stretched across the American landscape.

Sessions Condemns 'Political Correctness' On College Campuses
Sessions cited cases of students being stopped from handing out copies of the U.S. Yiannopoulos held his own forum on Sunday after organizers nixed an event.

Get Your Caffeine Fix on National Coffee Day
Love's Travel Stops: 24-ounce coffees and cappuccinos are $1 and purchases will benefit Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Peet's Coffee: 25 percent off coffee beans along with with a free medium coffee or tea to anyone who buys a bag.