"The letters, copies of which also reached the Israeli government, request that these firms send the commission clarifications about their business in the settlements", the same official said.
Nabil Shaath, an adviser to the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, said: "Sometimes ambassadors can be ignorant and sometimes they can be biased but this is completely ignorant, not just of United States policy but the fact that the occupation refers to the whole of the West Bank and East Jerusalem". Palestinians, however, point out that Israel controls Area C - which makes up approximately 60 per cent of the entire area.
"In addition to his long-standing support for Israeli settlements, and after referring to the "alleged occupation" of Palestinian land, he has the audacity to maintain that Israel occupies only 2% of the West Bank and that illegal settlements that carve, annex and steal Palestinian land are part of Israel", she added.
Palestinians demand the West Bank as part of a future state, and the global community backs this vision and views Israeli settlements there as illegal. The attack, which came as U.S. envoy Jason Greenblatt was due in occupied Jerusalem for talks on relaunching the moribund Middle East peace process, drew condemnation from Israeli officials who called for action from the Palestinian leadership. He said in a statement that "such positions undermine ongoing efforts toward achieving a just and lasting peace between Israel and Palestine", based on 1967 borders.
David Friedman, a former bankruptcy lawyer who took up his post in Donald Trump's administration in May, sad in an interview broadcast on Thursday with news channel Israeli Walla that he believes "the settlements are part of Israel".
Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has expressed anger about Abbas' silence over the attack on two security guards and a border policeman, carried out by unemployed 37 year-old Nimer Mahmoud Ahmad Jamal.
The same paper went on to report that the companies had responded to the commissioner's notice by saying that they did not intend to renew their contracts in Israel or sign new ones.
Friedman told Israeli media that he was proud of his daughter.
A common argument made by the Israeli right-wing is that the resolution didn't say "the territories" or "all the territory" - leaving an opening for Israel to retain parts of the land it captured. "Our whole family loves Israel".