Remaining seized by Israel’s continued building of settlements in the territories gained in the June 1967 War, and wanting those lands, particularly in the West Bank and Gaza Strip to be held for the implementation of Palestinian autonomy and eventually a Palestinian entity, the Carter administration supports the UNSC Resolution, “strongly deploring” Israel changing the character of those territories. The resolution seeks that Israel “…dismantle existing settlements, cease construction and planning of new ones, in the Arab territories, occupied since 1967 including Jerusalem.” By supporting and not vetoing the resolution, the Carter administration continues its sharp disagreement with Israeli Prime Minister Begin over continued building of settlements. Because this resolution also challenges Israeli sovereignty over all of Jerusalem, the Israeli parliament responds on July 30, 1980, by adopting one of its country’s Basic Laws (in lieu of a constitution) declaring Jerusalem as part of Israel.
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