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Blinken reverses Trump-era policy on Israeli settlements in occupied West Bank

Blinken reverses Trump-era policy on Israeli settlements in occupied West Bank

By Barak Ravid, Axios

Secretary of State Tony Blinken said on Friday that Israeli settlement expansion in the occupied West Bank is “inconsistent with international law,” reversing a Trump-era decision that had overturned decades of U.S. policy on the issue.

Why it matters: Blinken’s decision to reverse what has been known as the “Pompeo doctrine” comes as a response to the Israeli government’s announcement on Thursday that it plans to expand the settlements in the West Bank, a U.S. official told Axios. The move has been considered by the State Department for the last three years.

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