Israel mum on State Department clarification on settlement policy

Jerusalem refrained on Wednesday from responding to a State Department statement issued the day before clarifying that an anti-BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) clause tucked into a sweeping trade law signed by US President Barack Obama in no way legitimizes Israel’s settlement activities.

State Department spokesman John Kirby issued a statement Tuesday saying that a provision in the Trade Promotion Authority legislation conflates Israel and Israel-controlled territory, and “runs counter to longstanding US policy towards the occupied territories, including with regard to settlement activity.


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