Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was set to announce the shift, which may doom peace efforts, on Monday afternoon.
WASHINGTON — The Trump administration was set to declare on Monday that the United States does not consider Israeli settlements in the West Bank a violation of international law, officials said. The policy shift may doom any peace efforts with Palestinians.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was scheduled to announce the move on Monday afternoon. A senior State Department official confirmed the decision, which was first reported by The Associated Press.
The United States has in the past described the settlements as illegitimate, and Palestinians have demanded the land for a future state, a goal that has been backed by the international community.
But President Trump has been persistent in changing United States policy on Israel and the Palestinian territories — moves aimed at boosting political support for Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister who has failed to form a government after two rounds of elections with razor-close outcomes.
Ahead of an April vote, Mr. Trump officially recognized the contested Golan Heights as Israeli territory. In December 2017, he also formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and ordered the United States Embassy to move there from Tel Aviv, a symbolic decision that outraged Palestinians who also claim territory in the city. Read more at NY Times