Survey on the US administration’s decision to recognise Israel’s West Bank settlement activity as consistent with international law
By Imad Coulibaly
On Monday the 18th, United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the US’ decision to recognise the Israeli presence in the West Bank as legal. Mike Pompeo announced that the Israeli settlement building activity was not inconsistent with international law, highlighting an ulterior rapprochement between American and Israeli views on the geopolitics of the Middle East. The decision which, it can be argued, constitutes another gift by the Trump administration to struggling Benjamin Netanyahu, has polarised many. Netanyahu asserted that Trump ‘fixed a historic wrong’ by reversing a longstanding US policy on the Israeli settlements, whereas others argue that the recognition of the West Bank settlements as legal could foster tension and jeopardise security and peace in the region.
US recognition of Israel's West Bank settlement building activity, 18/11/2019
Does the decision ameliorate the stability of the international system as a whole or does it lead to greater instability and increased tension?
+ 3Strong increase in international stability
+ 2Moderate increase in international stability
+ 1Slight increase in international stability
0No change in international stability
- 1Slight decrease in international stability
- 2Moderate decrease in international stability
- 3Strong decrease in international stability
Is the decision durable and are there the necessary resources to maintain it over an extended period of time?
Final-year multilingual undergraduate in International Law with Globalisation at the University of Birmingham. Interested in the domain of International Law and International Relations, more specifically in Peace, Security and Good Governance. Committed to increased political participation and stronger institutions on the African continent as well as increased liaison between Europe and Africa in topics of security, migration and development.