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By Jay Jackson | Wednesday December 27, 2017
United States hardens stance against Palestinians
TEL AVIV, Israel - The U.S. ambassador to Israel says Israeli settlements account for only 2% of the West Bank. The ambassador, who previously referred to Israel's "alleged occupation" of the Palestinian territories, is now demanding the U.S. State Department stop using the word "occupation." Ambassador David Friedman has previously said Israeli settlements are not an obstacle to peace. The U.S. envoy's latest strategy has been revealed by Israel's government-owned Channel Kan. Asked about the local television report, a spokesman for the U.S. State Department was quoted by The Jerusalem Post as saying: “The president is committed to facilitating a comprehensive peace agreement that will benefit both the Israelis and Palestinians and we remain hard at work on those efforts.” Ambassador Friedman however, says Israeli settlements in the West Bank are part of Israel, and the cities, towns and outposts account for less than 2% of the Palestinian territories. His reference to the "alleged occupation" by Israel was made in an interview, details of which were published in The Jerusalem Post 3 months ago. Israeli human rights organization B'tselem, concedes settlements make up around 42% of the West Bank....Read more