The US has announced that it no longer defines West Bank settlements as being in violation of international law, which is a major change  in the policy that was set 40 years ago. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a briefing to reporters that the status of the West Bank would be left to be negotiated by Israel and the Palestinians.

 Prime Minister Netanyahu said that the American decision recognized that the Jewish people were not foreign to Judea and Samaria and had corrected an historic injustice. Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said that settlements are not only illegal under international law, but are war crimes.

Alan Baker , a former legal advisor to the Foreign Ministry is currently the director of the Institute for Contemporary Affairs at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.

KAN's Mark Weiss spoke with Alan Baker about the significance of Pompeo's declaration.

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