March 21, 2023 18:46 GMT
US "Extremely Troubled" By Rescinding Of 2005 Disengagement Law
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US Statement Department Principle Deputy Spokesperson Vedant Patel has told reporters that the US is "extremely troubled" by passage of legislation in Israel rolling back laws preventing settlement in Palestinian territories.
- Patel said rescinding the 2005 disengagement law is 'particularly provocative and counterproductive to efforts to restore calm."
- Patel: "We have been clear that advancing settlements in an obstacle to peace and the achievement of a two state solution."
- Patel says the move violates commitments former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon made in writing to former President George W Bush.
- In response to whether the US will take any reactive measures, Patel says US officials will raise concerns with their Israeli counterparts.
- Patel's comments are a sign of the increasingly fractious relationship between Israel and the US on a number of issues, including an ongoing drive by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to reform the judiciary. A move which has prompted widespread protests in Israel and drawn criticism from the US for undermining the independence of the judiciary.
- Petal confirms that US commitments to Israel's security is "ironclad" but, "this kind of legislation undermines the two-state solution."