Russia characterized US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s recent visit to the Golan Heights as Washington’s “disgusting attitude” toward international law. The Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, reportedly said that the US attempted to legitimize “illegal Israeli settlements” as opposed to UN Charter and Security Council resolutions.
“We see this as a disgusting attitude towards the internationally recognized international legal principles of the United States Middle East Agreement,” Zakharova quoted ANI as saying.
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The Trump administration has been aggressive about its policy towards Israel regarding a number of decisions that have been deemed against Palestinian interests. Last year, the United States recognized Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights, a disputed territory occupied by Israel since 1967.
The US announced a reversal of its decades-old policy on Israeli settlements in the West Bank, not calling the business a violation of international law. Pompeo said the US no longer agreed with the 1978 State Department legal opinion, which held the occupied territories “incompatible with international law”.
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The Trump administration went on to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and moved its embassy from Tel Aviv to the Holy City. Pompeo quoted a Senate committee in 2019 as saying, “On the basis of reality, we recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and we recognized Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights.”
The US struck a deal to normalize relations between Israel and the UAE. It was seen as a landmark settlement since the demand for a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine issue was regarded as a major obstacle to normalization of relations.
Recently, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US Ambassador David Friedman also signed scientific cooperation agreements, which effectively lifted the US ban on financing scientific research projects in the West Bank and the Golan Heights.
(With ANI inputs)
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