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Israeli ceremony marks 50 years of settlements

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"The idea was that Israel would be entitled to secure borders", he told Israeli Walla. Let's begin with Ambassador Friedman's apparent determination that the settlements are 'a part of Israel.' This is a complete fabrication.

The ambassador added that he saw "important nationalistic, historical and religious significance to those settlements; and I think the settlers view themselves as Israelis, and Israel views the settlers as Israelis". According to estimates by the European Union and NGOs across the spectrum, Israel occupies around 60 percent of the West Bank including both settlements and closed military areas.

Since coming to power Trump has assigned his son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner and his former lawyer Jason Greenblatt to talk to both Israelis and Palestinians in order to map out a way of reviving on-and-off peace negotiations.

The ultra national Israeli Premier made the pledge during a speech marking the 50th anniversary of Israeli settlement in the West Bank.

The Palestinians, along with much of the worldwide community, view Israel's West Bank settlements as illegal and an obstacle to peace.

The United Nations has sent a letter to 150 companies, informing them of their potential inclusion in a database of companies doing business in Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory.

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"His latest statement about Israel "occupying only 2% of the West Bank" declaring that "Israeli settlements are part of Israel" is not only false and misleading but contradict global law, United Nations resolutions and also the historical U.S. position", Erekat said, adding that "Israel is internationally recognized as the occupying power over 100% of Palestine". Israel's government has never annexed the West Bank. It also shows a complete ignorance of resolution 242, in which there is no reference to settlements. "We'll try and get it done right, not fast".

"Then we have Friedman's repetition of the canard, a common talking point of settler apologists, that Israel occupies only 2% of the West Bank".

Asked whether Israeli settlements would have to be evacuated as part of a future peace agreement with the Palestinians, Friedman responded only, "wait and see".

Before taking up his post, Friedman had voiced opposition to a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine crisis.

The biblical term Judea and Samaria is used by the Israeli government to refer to the West Bank, of which the Jordan Valley is also part.

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