For Second Time, ABC Corrects: US Does Not View Settlements As ‘Illegal’

CAMERA’s Jerusalem office yesterday prompted correction of an ABC News article which incorrectly reported “the United States considers Jewish settlements illegal.”

As noted yesterday in CAMERA’s Snapshots blog, ABC’s Dec. 17 article, “Donald Trump’s Pick for US Ambassador to Israel Signals Changes in US policy,” erred regarding U.S. policy on Israeli settlements less than one month after ABC corrected the very same error.
On Nov. 21, ABC ran an Associated Press correction, prompted by CAMERA, stating:

In a story Nov. 16 about Israel’s settlement policy, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the United States considers Israeli settlement construction in the West Bank to be illegal. While the United States opposes settlement construction, it does not take a position on its legality. Instead, it says that settlements are “illegitimate,” ”corrosive to the cause of peace” and “raise serious questions about Israel’s ultimate commitment to a peaceful negotiated settlement with the Palestinians.” Most of the international community views the settlements as illegal.

Since the Reagan administration, which explicitly said it did not believe the settlements were illegal, U.S. administrations have instead characterized the settlements as an obstacle to peace and illegitimate. The current U.S. government, and numerous preceding American administrations, have not characterized the settlements as “illegal.”
Following communication from CAMERA staff, ABC editors yesterday immediately removed the erroneous claim in the Dec. 17 article that the U.S. views Israeli settlements as illegal. The amended text now accurately states: “The United Nations considers Israeli settlements illegal under international law.”

In addition, editors commendably appended this editor’s note to the bottom of the article:

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that the United States considers Israeli settlements illegal. The United States believes settlements are an impediment to a two-state solution, but has only rejected some as illegal under Israeli law, according to the U.S. State Department.

For additional ABC corrections prompted by CAMERA, please see here.

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