Pompeo essentially rejected a 1978 State Department legal opinion holding that civilian settlements in the occupied territories are "inconsistent with global law". The Israeli occupation hit the house of the family while they were asleep early on Thursday, according to media reports.
Hanan Ashrawi, a senior Palestinian official, said the U.S. had neither the "right nor agency to rewrite global law" and was spreading lawlessness.
The move drew rebuke from Israel's top Arab lawmaker, Ayman Odeh, who said the policy change won't "change the fact that the settlements were built on occupied land upon which an independent Palestinian state will be founded alongside Israel", The Associated Press reported.
Pompeo said that calling the settlements inconsistent with global law has done nothing to bring peace in the region.
The US embassy in Jerusalem on Monday warned Americans about travelling in Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza, soon after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the United States was softening its position on Israel's Jewish settlements.
The fighting left 34 Palestinians dead and 111 injured, while 63 Israelis needed medical treatment. Making it about Trump is self-exculpatory and a continuation of violence.
"The support we received in many sectors in the USA, including Democrats, Republicans and within the State Department, created a critical mass", said Psagot CEO Yaakov Berg.
"Trump administration once again shows its complete disdain for the law", she tweeted. "It hasn't advanced the cause of peace", Pompeo said.
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EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy Federica Mogherini said in a statement on Monday that the bloc's position on the settlements remained unchanged. Some three million Palestinians live there.
"Now is the time for the Israeli government to declare the application of Israeli laws in Judea and Samaria", he added, using the biblical name for the West Bank.
An administration official said the State Department has been working toward this decision for almost a year in coordination with the White House's peace team, which is led by Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner.
The move is likely to be welcomed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and to anger the Palestinians, as well as other countries seeking to resolve the Middle East conflict.
The US president recognised the contested city of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, slashed humanitarian aid to Palestinian refugees and closed their diplomatic offices in Washington. US policy had previously been that the status of Jerusalem was to be decided by the parties to the conflict.
In 2018, the U.S. also announced it was cutting its contributions to the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), the UN agency for Palestinian refugees.
Netanyahu said Monday the USA move "rights a historical wrong".
Omar Shakir, the country director of Human Rights Watch, suggested that "proportional" damage to civilians with respect to military gain is permissible under global law if there is a potent threat from the target. "We saw this all happening through the negotiations, there was a continued attempt to water down the illegality of settlements".
"Israeli settlements are a grave violation of worldwide law, including global humanitarian law".