Senior Republican lawmakers and conservative US organization voiced support on Monday following Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s statement that America will no longer see the Israeli settlements as illegal, reversing a policy dating back to 1978.
South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham tweeted that he supports the announcement.
“This announcement is a repudiation of President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry’s ill-informed efforts to target Israeli presence in the West Bank,” he wrote. “While I strongly support a two-state solution, I believe the Trump administration’s announcement today will ultimately advance the cause of peace over time.”
Texas Senator Ted Cruz said in a statement that he also supports the move.
“For too long, the United States has been slow to acknowledge the basic reality that our Israeli allies have sovereignty over their territories, and today the administration took steps to right that wrong,” the statement reads. “It’s up to our Israeli allies to make their own decisions about what to do with their territories.
“Today’s decision also takes another step in reversing the disgraceful legacy of the Obama administration and United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334,” Cruz added. “That resolution falsely denied Israel’s sovereignty over its territories, including the Jewish Quarter and the Old City of Jerusalem, and called on all UN states to do the same. I have long pushed for policies that demonstrate to the world that the United States considers Resolution 2334 null and void. Today’s announcement is another welcome move discarding that shameful resolution.”