Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held telephone conversations with US leader Donald Trump, personally expressing his appreciation for the decision of the US administration to refuse to recognize the illegality of Israeli settlements in the West Bank. The head of government said this on Tuesday on his Twitter page.
Earlier, Netanyahu in a widespread statement thanked Trump, US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and the American administration for the decision on Israeli settlements, but telephone conversations between the prime minister and the head of the White House were not reported.
“I had a telephone conversation with US President Donald Trump and told him that he had corrected historical injustice,” Netanyahu noted. “Someone had to tell the simple truth, and President Trump did the same as he did with the recognition of the Golan Heights and the transfer of the US embassy to Jerusalem. ”
“I told President Trump that we are not in a foreign land,” the Prime Minister emphasized. “This is our homeland for more than 3 thousand years.” At the same time, Netanyahu stressed that the US move “does not interfere with negotiations” with the Palestinian side. “On the contrary, it contributes to peace, because it is impossible to build a true peace based on lies,” the head of government of the Jewish state added.
US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said Monday that Washington no longer believes that Israeli settlements on the West Bank are violating international law. Israel welcomed this decision. Palestinian officials said the US administration is not authorized to repeal international resolutions regarding Jewish settlements.
In December 2016, the UN Security Council adopted resolution 2334, demanding an end to Israeli settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territories. The Israeli side then stated that it would not comply with the provisions of this document.
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