UK media obfuscate ‘stunning’ US shift on settlements and peace

UK Media Watch

Here’s the entire text of a Feb. 2nd statement by the White House Press Secretary concerning the US position on settlements, per our Tweet on Friday.

Here’s a quick break down of the statement :

  • The US desires peace between the Israelis and Palestinians
  • The existence of settlements is not an impediment to peace
  • However, the construction of new settlements or the expansion of existing settlements beyond their current borders may not be helpful in achieving peace.

The second bullet point is extremely important in the context of of US-Israeli relations, as it reverses decades of US positions characterising settlements as an impediment to peace.  The third bullet point merely takes the position that ‘new’ settlements and the expansion…

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