The secretary of state plans to visit a West Bank settlement and the Golan Heights next week during his trip to the Middle East; He’s expected to meet with several Israeli officials.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is set to travel to the Middle East next week. During this trip he will be making several stops, one of which is the State of Israel where, according to reports, he will be visiting the Golan Heights and a West Bank settlement winery. Should he visit the winery in the West Bank, he would become the first US secretary of state to visit a West Bank settlement.
The State Department announced the details of Pompeo’s trip, stating, “The Secretary will then travel to Israel where he will meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss the Abraham Accords, and our joint efforts to address Iran’s malign activities.”
The Psagot Winery, located north of Jerusalem, unveiled a wine named after Pompeo in February. It was one year ago that Pompeo announced the White House’s belief in the legality of Israeli settlements in the West Bank (Judea & Samaria). The winery thanked Pompeo for his recognition of Israeli sovereignty over its historical (and biblical) homeland.
Other stops during this trip include France, Turkey, Georgia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Qatar, and Saudi Arabia.