In Departure From Trump Era, Joe Biden “Strongly” Opposes Israel’s Settlements

The United States on Tuesday forcefully criticized Israel for the first time in years on its settlements, with President Joe Biden’s administration saying it “strongly” opposed new construction on the West Bank.

The reaction comes after four years under Donald Trump in which the United States offered a green light to Israel’s activity on occupied Palestinian land, with his secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, touring a settlement at the end of his tenure.

The State Department under Biden had repeatedly warned against settlement construction and on Tuesday sharply criticized Israel after it moved ahead.