Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) released the following statement on Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s announcement yesterday that the United States would no longer consider Israeli settlements in the West Bank as a violation of international law:
“This decision shows how little the Trump administration cares about a peaceful, two-state solution between Israelis and Palestinians.
“Nearly 700,000 Israeli settlers live in the West Bank, an area Palestinians claim. More settlements will only make it harder to form a contiguous Palestinian state in the future.
“West Bank settlements do not make Israel safer. To the contrary, they perpetuate violent conflict with the Palestinian people. The United States must continue its long-held, bipartisan policy of working toward a negotiated two-state solution.”