WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator and Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) member Kevin Cramer (R-ND) issued the following statement today regarding Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announcing the United States has determined Israeli settlements in the West Bank do not violate international law:

“I am thankful President Trump and his Administration consistently stand up for Israel on the world stage. This legal opinion from the President Carter Administration was ineffective in advancing the cause of peace in the Middle East, and the future of Judea and Samaria should be determined by negotiations between the Israeli Government and the Palestinians. I am confident the Israeli legal system will fairly decide any issues arising from these settlements, and I urge our leaders to continue working in a bipartisan manner to advance the cause of safety and security in the region.”