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Pompeo first US Secretary of State to go to West Bank settlement

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Nov 19, 2020 Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited the Psagot vineyard in the present day, changing into the primary prime US diplomat to go to a Jewish settlement within the West Bank. The go to was described as personal and was closely guarded. “It is a blessing to be here in Judea and Samaria. May I not be the last secretary of state to visit this beautiful land,” Pompeo wrote within the Psagot guestbook, utilizing the Hebrew names for the West Bank space. The winery named considered one of its wines after Pompeo, hailing his 2019 announcement that the Donald Trump administration would now not take into account Israeli West Bank settlements in violation of worldwide legislation. Pompeo stated on the time, “After carefully studying all sides of the legal debate, this administration agrees with President [Ronald] Reagan. The establishment of Israeli civilian settlements in the West Bank is not per se inconsistent with international law. … Calling the establishment of civilian settlements inconsistent with international law hasn’t worked. It hasn’t advanced the cause of peace.” After the vineyard go to, Pompeo declared that merchandise from West Bank settlements might now be labeled “Made in Israel.” “All producers inside areas the place Israel workout routines the related authorities …  will probably be required to mark items as ‘Israel,’ ’Product of Israel’ or ‘Made in Israel’ when exporting to the United States,” he said. These new guidelines will apparently apply to West Bank Area C, which is under Israel’s civil and security control. Products from Area A and Area B, under Palestinian civil control, would be labeled “Made within the West Bank,” while those from the Gaza Strip would be labeled “Made in Gaza.” Pompeo’s declaration indicators a serious shift in US coverage on the difficulty, which can also be enormously debated throughout the European Union. On the way in which to the vineyard, Pompeo made a cease on the Qasr el Yahud web site within the Jordan Valley, the place some Christian traditions maintain that Jesus was baptized. After the vineyard go to, Pompeo was flown by an Israeli navy helicopter to the Golan Heights for a diplomatic/safety briefing. Earlier within the day, Pompeo met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the Jerusalem King David Hotel. Speaking at a joint press convention, Pompeo acknowledged that the US administration will take motion in opposition to the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions motion and the teams that help it. “We will regard the global anti-Israel BDS campaign as anti-Semitic. We will immediately take steps to identify the organizations that engage in hateful BDS conduct and withdraw US government support from such groups,” stated the secretary of state, including that each one nations ought to “recognize the BDS movement for the cancer that it is.” According to reviews printed earlier than the assembly in Jerusalem, Netanyahu advised his associates he’ll ask the Trump administration for the inexperienced gentle to advance development plans within the north Jerusalem Atarot neighborhood, which is on the far facet of the Green Line. Other reviews declare that settlers are pressuring Netanyahu to regularize as many unlawful outposts as doable earlier than President-elect Joe Biden takes workplace. US lobbying group JStreet tweeted yesterday, “Netanyahu is trying to squeeze in as much illegal settlement construction as he can before his enablers in the Trump administration leave office.”

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