Righting a Wrong: Judea and Samaria US Scientific Funding Ban Lifted

Israel said on Tuesday the United States is effectively lifting a ban on US funding of Israeli scientific research projects conducted in Judea and Samaria and the Golan Heights.

Past scientific accords with the US government stipulated that Israeli research projects receiving US grants could not be carried out in areas that came under Israeli administration in the 1967 Six-Day War.

The Trump administration last year effectively backed Israel’s right to build Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria by abandoning a long-held US position that they were “inconsistent with international law.”

The revised agreements signed yesterday “will expand scientific cooperation between Israel and the United States to Judea and Samaria and the Golan Heights,” the Israeli statement said.

AFSI is grateful to President Trump for all he continues to do for Israel. However, let’s pause a moment and remember that this agreement is not an acceptance of Israel’s right to apply Sovereignty. Sovereignty is our goal and we continue to advocate for it.

Friedman: US-Israel ‘righting old wrongs’ by extending W. Bank agreements, by Lahan Harkov. Jerusalem Post, October 28, 2020

US will now fund research in Golan Heights, Judea and Samaria, by Reuters and ILH Staff. Israel Hayom, October 28, 2020

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