U.S. ambassador confesses that Israel has legal double standard in West Bank. Speaking at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) conference in Tel Aviv, Dan Shapiro said "Too much Israeli vigilantism in the West Bank goes on unchecked," adding that "there is a lack of thorough investigations… at times it seems Israel has two standards of adherence to rule of law in the West Bank - one for Israelis and one for Palestinians."
Shapiro added that the two-state solution is the only way to prevent Israel from turning into a bi-national state, and said a way must be found to preserve its viability. He noted that the American administration is "concerned and perplexed" in wake of the Israeli government's policy on the settlements, "which raise questions about Israeli intentions."
Shapiro's comments are the latest in a string of critical remarks voiced by the U.S at the Israeli government. Two weeks ago, the U.S. said it was "deeply concerned" after Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon approved the establishment of a new settlement inside a church compound in the West Bank, State Department Spokesman John Kirby said during a press briefing.