The spokesman assured that the annual report on human rights published on Tuesday by Washington “uses the term ‘occupation’ in the current West Bank context”.
“It’s the old position of previous governments,” both Democratic and Republican, “several decades ago,” insisted the State Department representative for Joe Biden’s administration.
In the report, the department titled “Israel, the West Bank and Gaza” the section on territories, and before the mandate of former President Donald Trump the section was called “Israel and the Occupied Territories”.
In this way, the Biden administration also seemed to refrain from speaking explicitly of the West Bank as an “occupied” territory, in line with the diplomacy most favorable to Israel practiced by the previous Republican government.
Having failed to return to the designation of “occupied territories”, the United States Department of State inserted, however, a paragraph explaining that the words used “do not reflect a position on any of the issues related to the final status to be negotiated by parties to the conflict, in particular the specific borders of Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem, or the borders between Israel and a future Palestinian state ”.
“That section of the report covers Israel (…), as well as the Golan Heights and the East-Jerusalem territories that Israel occupied during the June 1967 war,” according to the document’s authors.
It is also said that “the United States recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in 2017 and Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights in 2019 ″, without reversing those decisions made during the administration of Republican Donald Trump.
Ned Price further stated that this formulation does not reflect a change in position on the part of the Biden administration, which, unlike Donald Trump, advocates a two-state solution for Israel and Palestine.
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