The US ambassador to Israel raised eyebrows on Thursday by saying that Israel occupies just two percent of the West Bank and that settlements there are part of the Jewish state proper.
The comments angered the Palestinians and are at odds with decades of US policy in the Mideast.
“I think the settlements are part of Israel,” American Ambassador David Friedman said in an interview with an Israeli news site.
He refrained from answering when asked if settlements would be removed in a peace agreement with the Palestinians.
“They (Israelis) are only occupying 2 percent of the West Bank,” he said.