Israel does not practice apartheid and neither does it “occupy” the West Bank, former U.S. secretary of state Mike Pompeo said during a visit to the area on Sunday.
“This is the rightful homeland for the people of Israel here in Judea and Samaria,” Pompeo said, referring to the West Bank by its biblical name.
Pompeo was visiting the Psagot winery in the West Bank, on the outskirts of Jerusalem.
Less than a year earlier, Pompeo had stood at the same spot and announced that Israeli products made in the settlements would not be labeled as such, and would simply be marked as having been made in Israel. That visit marked the first by a top American diplomat to the West Bank.