International Israel "Occupies" West Bank, says United States

Israel “Occupies” West Bank, says United States

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US President Joe Biden’s administration, on Wednesday, said that Israel’s control of the West Bank is indeed “occupation,” clarifying its stance after the release of a report that seemed to downplay the term, adopting language used by Donald Trump’s government.

The State Department’s annual report on human rights “does use the term ‘occupation’ in the context of the current status of the West Bank,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said, while talking to the media.

“This has been the longstanding position of previous administrations of both parties over the course of many decades,” he said.

But under the pro-Israel Donald Trump, the annual human rights report renamed the section on “Israel and the Occupied Territories” as “Israel, West Bank and Gaza.”

Trump had also recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital as well as Israel’s annexation of the Golan Heights from Syria.

Israel withdrew from the Gaza Strip in 2005 but it still maintains control over the crowded, Hamas-ruled territory’s airspace and borders.

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