Pompeo Makes History With Unprecedented Visit

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made history as the first person in his position to visit an Israeli settlement.

As part of his seven-country visit overseas, Pompeo stopped by the Psagot Winery, located in a West Bank settlement, on Thursday. Its owner has praised the Trump administration’s position on the settlements and named a “special” wine after the secretary of state, NBC reported.

No previous secretary of state has visited a settlement since much of the international community views settlements as a violation of the Geneva Convention principle that says an occupying power is not allowed to transfer their own population into war-won territories. The United States shared this sentiment until recently.

Nearly a year ago, the State Department reversed its long-standing legal opinion finding Israeli settlements in the West Bank “inconsistent with international law.”

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