Report: Pompeo to Become First US Secretary of State to Visit Israeli Settlement

Report: Pompeo to Become First US Secretary of State to Visit Israeli Settlement


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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will visit a Jewish settlement in Judea and Samaria (the “West Bank”) during his visit to Israel next week, making him the first secretary of state to do so, according to a prominent Israeli journalist citing Israeli and American officials.

Officials at the US Embassy and in the US Secret Service are making plans for the unusual trip to the Psagot settlement north of Jerusalem, Barak Ravid reported in the Hebrew-language Walla news site as well as in English on Axios.

Such a visit would mark a dramatic departure from U.S. policy, which until the Trump administration designated the West Bank and the Golan Heights as “occupied territories.” In January, Pompeo denounced a longstanding State Department legal opinion declaring Jewish settlements in the West Bank to be a violation of international law as “deeply flawed.” Months earlier, he issued a more tempered declaration, stating that the

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