U.S. Ambassador to Israel: Israel Has Two Standards of Law in West Bank - One for Jews and One for Palestinians - Israel News - Haaretz
by Barak Ravid
United States Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro voiced nearly unprecedented criticism against Israel's settlements in the West Bank on Monday. Shapiro praised progress made in the investigation into the arson-murder in the Palestinian village of Duma, but emphasized the inadequate response by Israeli authorities to settler violence against.
Speaking at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) conference in Tel Aviv, Shapiro said "Too much Israeli vigilantism in the West Bank goes on unchecked," adding that "there is a lack of thorough investigations… at times it seems Israel has two standards of adherence to rule of law in the West Bank - one for Jews and one for Palestinians."
Shapiro added that the two-state solution is the only way to prevent Israel from turning into a bi-national state, and said a way must be found to preserve its viability. He noted that the American administration is "concerned and perplexed" in wake of the Israeli government's policy on the settlements, "which raise questions about Israeli intentions."
His comments are the latest in a string of critical remarks voiced by the U.S at the Israeli government. Two weeks ago, the U.S. said it was "deeply concerned" after Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon approved the establishment of a new settlement inside a church compound in the West Bank, State Department Spokesman John Kirby said during a press briefing.