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Israel and US use science projects to try to legitimise settlements before election

TJI Pick
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Published: 30 October 2020

Last updated: 4 March 2024

Washington expands US scientific cooperation to the West Bank settlements in move seen as a precursor to annexation; PA and Hamas both condemn decision

A week to election, Israel, US make play at legitimising settlements before it may be too late (Haaretz)
The deal expanding US scientific cooperation to the West Bank settlements suggests that Netanyahu and Adelson are not relying on a miracle on November 3

PM fetes ‘important victory’ as US okays funding science projects in settlements (Times of Israel)
In move seen by some as precursor to future West Bank annexation, Washington removes geographic restrictions from three 1970s science cooperation agreements

Palestinians slam US funding of science projects in 'illegal' settlements (Jerusalem Post)
Hamas also denounced the US decision and accused the US of “complicity in the aggression on the Palestinians.”

Did the US just recognise Israeli sovereignty in the West Bank? (Jerusalem Post)
TOVAH LAZAROFF: Ask the Palestinians and their answer would be a resounding “yes”


US to let citizens born in Jerusalem list Israel on their passports — report (Times of Israel)
Announcement on change of decades-old policy, which sought to avoid taking position on final status issue of conflict, comes less than week before presidential election

Photo: US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman looks on as Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at a ceremony at Ariel University, October 28 (Emil Salman)

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