Pompeo plans to visit Israel's West Bank next week, will be first U.S. Secretary of State to do so

by Laura Mize · Nov 13th, 2020 6:14 am

Last Updated Nov 13th, 2020 at 7:48 pm

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reportedly plans to visit Israel's Golan Heights and West Bank next week, making history as the first U.S. Secretary of State to do so.

The move is significant because every U.S. Secretary of State since 1967 has viewed the Golan Heights and the West Bank as land that does not belong to Israel.

During the visit, Pompeo will visit a winery that recognized him by naming a wine after him, following his announcement that the U.S. State Department would scrap a long-standing department document that stated West Bank Israeli settlements were "inconsistent with international law." He also will visit Golan Heights, another long-disputed area that President Donald Trump recognized Israel to have authority over.

Pompeo and his wife, Susan Pompeo, will also visit a site some say is the spot on the Jordan River where Jesus was baptized.


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