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Pocan Opposes Pompeo Reversing Policy on West Bank Settlements

Nov 18, 2019
Press Release

U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02), today released the following statement in response to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s announcement that Israeli West Bank settlements do not violate international law—a major shift from longstanding U.S. and international policy.

“Israeli settlements in the West Bank are illegal. Once again, the Trump administration is taking a massive step backwards and endangering any hopes of peace in the region with this destructive action. Reversing on decades-long bipartisan U.S. policy opposing the settlements in the West Bank is a blatant attempt to help Prime Minister Netanyahu—not promote peace in the region.

“With every policy they announce, this administration has made it clear: they don’t want peace, they want instability. This announcement is one in a series of destabilizing decisions made by this administration—from cutting Congressionally-approved humanitarian funding to Gaza and the West Bank to moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem—these actions don’t bring us any closer to peace. We need to pass House Resolution 326 and reaffirm our opposition to settlement expansion, support for a two-state solution, and opposition to the annexation of the West Bank.”