(Times of Israel) – A letter from 73 Democrats in the US House of Representatives, including a number in leadership positions, urges President Joe Biden to make a number of moves to reverse what they call the Trump administration’s “abandonment of longstanding, bipartisan United States policy” on Israeli-Palestinian relations.

Among other things, the letter sent Wednesday calls for Biden to firmly considers Israeli settlements illegal and the West Bank occupied, two things the Trump administration stated that it would no longer do.

“Make clear that the United States considers settlements to be inconsistent with international law by reissuing relevant State Department and US customs guidance to that effect,” the letter states.


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It also pushes for all “relevant official US documents and communications” to “once again consistently refer to the status of the West Bank and Gaza Strip as occupied.”

The letter’s signatories include seven committee chairs, among them Representatives Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut, who leads the powerful Appropriations Committee, and John Yarmuth of Kentucky, who heads the Budget Committee, as well as the Assistant Speaker of the House, Representative Katherine Clarke of Massachusetts. READ MORE

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