Secretary of State Mike Pompeo plans to visit the Golan Heights and an Israeli settlement in the West Bank during a visit to the Jewish state next week – both firsts by a top US diplomat, according to a report.
The international community considers both territories to be “illegally occupied” by Israel, though President Trump has recognized Israel’s sovereignty in the Golan Heights.
In its report about Pompeo’s planned visit to the two sites, Axios noted that his trip appears to be intended to highlight Trump’s policy shifts on Israel, as well as illustrate the secretary of state’s close ties to the nation.
Late last year, Pompeo annulled a 1978 State Department legal opinion that deemed Israeli settlements in the West Bank “inconsistent with international law.”
During his visit to the settlement of Psagot, Pompeo plans to stop by a winery whose owner had named a new wine after the top US diplomat, according to Axios, which said it