“This has been the longstanding position of previous administrations of both parties over the course of many decades,” Price said.
“It is a historical fact that Israel occupied the West Bank, Gaza, and the Golan Heights after the 1967 War,” US State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters in Washington on Wednesday.
The issue was raised after the Biden administration published the 2020 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices on Tuesday. It is the first of the annual reports released since US President Joe Biden took office in January.
The report affirmed steps taken by the previous administration of Donald Trump, which had both recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights.
It also kept in place a description change made to the report by former president Trump, in which he replaced the phrase “Israel and the occupied Palestinian Territories” with “Israel, West Bank and Gaza.”
But within the report, the Biden administration reintroduced the word “occupied” to describe Israel’s capture of territory during the 1967 Six Day War. Read More …
Opinion: “To your descendants I have given this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the River Euphrates …” Genesis 15:18.
Every major UN Security Council Resolution since the 1967 Six Day War refers to UN resolution 242 since it is all about withdrawal from so-called occupied territories.
In 1967, Resolution 242 demanded Israel’s withdrawal from lands it captured as a result of the Six Day War, to effectively give those lands back to Egypt, Syria and Jordan – who had planned to completely destroy the Jewish state. It was outrageous in 1967, and it is outrageous today. No nation has ever given back land taken in a defensive war.
Israel was protected by God-given buffers:
- Judea/Samaria in the middle of the country
- Sinai desert in the south
- Gaza from the west
- Golan from the north
Pre-1967 Israel was open to attack from each area. Since the miraculous victory, Israel has given back up to two-thirds of Judea, the Sinai, and Gaza, in exchange for peace that never came.
The progressive-left Israel haters (called the UN) have been foaming at the mouth for Israel to hand over all of Judea and the Golan in the north, which would be making the worst decision in Israel’s history twice.
In 2016, Barack Obama stunned the world when he instructed then UN Ambassador Samantha Power to abstain on Resolution 2334, that declared Israeli settlements in Judea and Samaria (West Bank) ILLEGAL.
It is funny that no one calls Crimea occupied. No one calls any of the 23 countries China has invaded occupied, and no one calls any of the 22 countries Britain invaded occupied. The UN stays quiet.
That President Biden reinstituted the word ‘occupied’ tells you all you need to know.
“You will know them by their fruits.” Matthew 7:16