Forty years in the desert is long enough

Pompeo overturns four decades of American policy on Israel.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo­ has reversed four decade­s of American policy and further under­mined Palestinians’ effort to gain statehood.

Pompeo has repudiated the 1978 State Department legal opinion that held that civilian settlements in the occupied or disputed territories were “inconsistent with international law”.

Israeli leaders welcomed the decision, while Palestinians and other nations warned that it undercut any chance of a broader peace deal.

This has been going on since 1978 and they think this will inhibit reaching a peace agreement. Diplomacy is the theatre of the absurd.

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