The U.S. State Department has announced that it will repudiate the Hansell Memorandum, the basis of the United States’ view that Israeli communities or “settlements” in Judea and Samaria (aka ‘West Bank’) are illegal. In my view, this decision means that the United States has decided that the Bible, in terms of Israel, is not illegal.
Why is this a big deal? This is a major blow to the BDS movement, which calls to “boycott, divest and sanction” the State of Israel, in addition to a snub to the recent European Court of Justice’s call to label products from Jewish businesses in Judea and Samaria. The European Court of Justice ruled that: “Foodstuffs originating in the territories occupied by the state of Israel must bear the indication of their territory of origin.”
Regrettably, Jew-haters are able to use the land to mobilize support in their favor, resulting in the United Nations referring to this as “occupied territory” and demanding that Israel relinquish it to hostile forces. Though, for Evangelical Christians and Israel supporters, for thousands of years, Judea and Samaria (‘West Bank’) has been the “Bible land.” It was never illegal. The promises read by Christians and Jews were that God gave it to Israel and called it an “eternal covenant.”