Pompeo makes unprecedented visit to Israeli settlement in West Bank – BBC News
Earlier, an initiative was announced to combat the international boycott of Israel
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visits an Israeli settlement in the occupied West Bank. This is the first visit by a senior US official since the announcement of a new initiative to combat the international boycott of Israel..
A State Department spokesman told reporters that the head of American diplomacy went to the Psagot winery in the vicinity of Jerusalem..
Pompeo will also visit the Golan Heights on Thursday – territory that Israel has controlled since its capture from Syria in the 1967 war.
Mike Pompeo in the Golan Heights, November 19, 2020
«The recognition of this territory as part of Israel was also a decision of President Trump, which has historical significance and is simply a recognition of reality.», – said Pompeo.
Israel has built many settlements in the West Bank, which the Palestinians regard as part of their future state. Most countries consider this to be a violation of international law and an obstacle to a peace agreement with the Palestinians. The annexation of the Golan Heights also received no international recognition. Trump signed a proclamation last year recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over the territory..
Earlier, Pompeo announced that the United States would recognize as anti-Semitic the movement to boycott Israel and refuse to invest in that country..
Speaking in the presence of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, Pompeo said the Department of State would take immediate steps to identify and
ending government funding of organizations supporting these efforts.
Supporters of the Palestinian-led movement «Boycott, investment waiver and sanctions» claim to be a form of protest against the Israeli occupation and modeled on the 1980s boycott of South Africa to end apartheid.
The organizers deny that the movement is anti-Semitic. Israel claims the movement is meant to delegitimize and eliminate it.
Netanyahu and Pompeo congratulated each other on the steps taken by the Trump administration, including recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, moving the US embassy there, and ending the treatment of Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank as illegal..
Netanyahu noted that relations between the United States and Israel under Trump have reached «unprecedented heights», Stressing the importance of the recently concluded agreements to normalize Israel’s relations with Bahrain, Sudan and the United Arab Emirates.
Ahead of joint talks with Netanyahu and Bahraini Foreign Minister Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani on Wednesday, Pompeo said the agreements «show malevolent actors such as the Islamic Republic of Iran that their influence in the region is waning and that they are increasingly isolated and isolated until they change their course».
Mike Pompeo, Benjamin Netanyahu and Abdüllatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani
Bahrain and Israel say they will open embassies, develop online visa systems and begin weekly flights between countries.
Al-Zayani, who spearheaded Bahrain’s first official visit to Israel, said normalization brings peace that will bring clear benefits to both peoples..
Netanyahu said that Al-Zayani’s first visit to Israel «marks another major milestone on the road to peace between the two countries and peace in the region». «Peace between Israel and Bahrain is built on a solid foundation of mutual appreciation and common interests», – he stressed.
Israel – last stop on Pompeo’s international tour of Europe and the Middle East.
He has previously visited the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, France and Turkey.