The Trump administration has declared that it will no longer consider Israeli settlements in the West Bank to be in violation of international law, a major policy shift that will place the U.S. at odds with many allies abroad.
The settlements have been a point of international contention and strife for decades. Israel claims the land belongs to it, while Palestine says the land falls under its jurisdiction. Since a 1978 legal opinion by the State Department up until the Trump administration’s declaration on Monday, the U.S. officially viewed settlement activity as illegitimate.
Palestinians reacted with outrage.
Around 450,000 Israelis live in the West Bank where the settlements are constructed.