US Ambassador: Israel occupies just 2 percent of West Bank

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Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu on Wednesday, at a controversial ceremony marking fifty years since Israel took control of the West Bank and Gaza, vowed that "there will be no more uprooting of settlements in the land of Israel".

"We are waiting to receive from the USA side an official formula, after which we will respond upon the meeting of the leadership and consultations", he said.

Breaking with longstanding American policy, the USA ambassador to Israel sought to legitimize Jewish settlements in the West Bank and minimized the extent of the Israeli occupation.

Greenblatt arrived in the region Tuesday to hold talks with the Palestinian and Israeli sides in an attempt to revive the peace process that had been stalled since 2014 for multiple reasons, including the Israeli settlement activity.

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"These companies just can't make the distinction between Israel and the settlements and are ending their operations all together", an Israeli official said.

"The idea was that Israel would be entitled to secure borders", he told Israeli Walla.

He added that Netanyahu "ignores worldwide law and tries to override it and to tell the global community that it has to deal with the status quo, disregarding history, facts and worldwide resolutions".

"The existing borders, the 1967 borders, were viewed by everybody as not secure, so Israel would retain a meaningful portion of the West Bank, and it would return that which it didn't need for peace and security", according to Friedman.

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"I think that was always the expectation when resolution 242 was adopted in 1967", he said, referring to the United Nations security council resolution made at the end of the six-day war, when Israeli forces occupied the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Asked whether Israeli settlements would have to be evacuated as part of a future peace agreement with the Palestinians, Friedman responded only, "wait and see".

Another senior Palestinian official, Nabil Shaath, said Friedman "showed absolute ignorance of facts and laws". "We'll try and get it done right, not fast".

Before taking up his post, Friedman had voiced opposition to a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine crisis. The Palestinians say the settlement enterprise is one of the major obstacles to reaching a peace deal. The group's president Debra DeLee said Friedman's comments are "outrageous, unacceptable, and flat-out wrong". "If he would do so, he would understand that Israel occupies 100% of the West Bank and spending huge amount of effort to spread the settlements into the entirety of Area C".

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