Palestinians: US move to legitimize Israeli settlements replaces international law with ‘law of jungle’

The Trump administration’s declaration Monday that Israeli colonies on the West Bank are “not inconsistent with international law” reversed US policy on the colonies and contradicted the view of most countries.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel applauded the announcement as a “policy that rights a historical wrong,” while Saeb Erekat, the secretary-general of the Palestine Liberation Organisation, said it was an attempt by the Trump administration “to replace international law with the ‘law of the jungle’.”

“We cannot express horror and shock because this is a pattern, but that doesn’t make it any less horrific,” said Hanan Ashrawi, a veteran Palestine Liberation Organisation official. “It sends a clear signal that they have total disregard for international law, for what is right and just, and for the requirements of peace.”