US Ambassador Falsely Claims Israel Only Occupies 2% Of West Bank

A Kometz soldier standing on a ladder on the Gaza side of the barrier fixing the fence

But as Friedman must know, Israel's control of the West Bank - geographically, topographically, politically, economically, and in any other way imaginable - can not be dwarfed into his two-percent figure.

The US' ambassador to Israel has been admonished by Washington DC for giving an interview in which he suggested that only two per cent of land in the West Bank is occupied by Israel.

David Friedman being sworn in by VP Pence.

But Revivi, who is vying to be the next chairman of the Yesha Council, reinforced Friedman's comments.

Responding to Friedman, a Palestinian official said to The Guardian that "Israel occupies 100% of the West Bank" and that if he were "a USA citizen I would be extremely concerned that my ambassador in Israel is using his position to try to emphasize the importance of settlements to Israel".

"I just want to be clear that our policy has not changed", Nauert said.

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Legally speaking, Israel occupies 100% of the West Bank, though as a practical matter deals with the Palestinian Authority ceding some security control in certain areas has the European Union estimating about 60% of the West Bank under direct military occupation. There has been a 40% increase in illegal settlements in 2016 at the same time the United States government is handing Israel $10.1 million military aid each single calendar day. "I think that was always the expectation when Resolution 242 was adopted in 1967".

Meanwhile, al-Ayyam said Palestine's representative to Washington Hosam Zomlot met with United States officials to discuss peace efforts.

In an expansive interview with Israeli media outlet Walla!

"The existing borders, the 1967 borders, were viewed by everybody as not secure, so Israel would retain a meaningful portion of the West Bank, and it would return that which it didn't need for peace and security", the U.S. ambassador said, as cited by JTA.

And that's all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Thursday, September, 28, 2017, news round-up from the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Among the topics Friedman addressed were Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria and the future of the two-state solution. He argued that the term has been exploited by so many to the point where it is no longer useful. The group's president Debra DeLee said Friedman's comments are "outrageous, unacceptable, and flat-out wrong".

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