Tue Jun 11, 2019, 10:38 PM

State Dept. Pushes Back On Friedman Comments About Israel's 'Right' To Annex West Bank

By Nicole Gaouette and Jennifer Hansler, CNN
Posted at 3:43 PM ET, Tue June 11, 2019

Washington (CNN) — The State Department pushed back on comments by the US ambassador to Israel suggesting that Israel has a right to annex part of the West Bank.

State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said the administration's position on the West Bank has not changed, despite Ambassador David Friedman's comments to The New York Times that "Israel has the right to retain some, but unlikely all, of the West Bank."

Speaking to reporters Monday, Ortagus said that "the administration's position on the settlements has not changed. Our policy on the West Bank has not changed."

Asked what the US position on settlement activity is, a State Department official cited President Donald Trump, saying that "as the President has said, while the existence of settlements is not in itself an impediment to peace, further unrestrained settlement activity doesn't help advance peace."



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