Pompeo makes unprecedented visits to Israeli-occupied West Bank and Golan Heights

Palestinians outraged as Pompeo visits illegal Israeli settlement

Palestinians outraged as Pompeo visits illegal Israeli settlement

US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman (L) and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (2nd L) during a visit to the Psagot Winery in the West Bank, on November 19, 2020.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is addressing the complex predicament with a most unusual 10-day trip - a farewell tour in everything but name in which he has dodged the press but forged ahead with Trump's norm-shattering foreign policy.

The new policy also involves separate labeling for goods made in areas of the West Bank administered by the Palestinian Authority and for goods made in Gaza.

"We want to stand with all other nations that recognize the BDS movement for the cancer that it is", he added.

Last year, Trump's administration made the controversial decision to recognise Israeli sovereignty in the Golan - a move Pompeo today called "historically important and simply a recognition of the reality".

Activists strongly deny the charge, comparing the embargo to the economic isolation that helped bring down apartheid in South Africa.

The visits came a year after Pompeo broke with decades of USA foreign policy to announce that the United States under Trump no longer viewed Israel's settlements in the West Bank as "inconsistent with worldwide law".

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Last year, Canada voted in favor of a almost identical resolution, with its envoy justifying the move as a response to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's decision to repudiate a State Department legal opinion that deemed Israeli settlements to be illegal. Pompeo did not meet any officials on his visit to Turkey, with the State Department blaming incompatible schedules.

On the way there, he made a stop at Qasr el Yahud, revered as the site of the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan Valley, according to the same official.

Mr Pompeo's announcement seemed to imply that even Palestinian exports from Area C should be tagged as Israeli products, as should the wine he sampled at Psagot.

PA Civil Affairs Minister Hussein al-Sheikh said the security ties with Israel were renewed after the PA requested and received a letter saying that Jerusalem was "committed to the agreements signed with the Palestinian leadership". "I therefore call for both parties to get around the negotiating table to achieve a viable two-state solution".

The concluding remark of the statement appeared to take a direct shot at the European Union, which has led a policy obliging all 28 member states to label exports produced in Israeli towns beyond the Green Line as having been made in the settlements.

Pompeo tasked the Office of the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism to identify organizations that engage in or support the BDS movement so the State Department "can review the use of its funds to confirm that they are not supporting the Global BDS Campaign".

Pompeo warned the Islamic republic in comments Wednesday that the deals the UAE and Bahrain have reached with Israel showed "its influence in the region is waning".

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