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Mike Pompeo Visits Israel’s West Bank Settlements

Last year, Pompeo, an evangelical Christian, broke with decades of foreign policy to announce that the United States no longer viewed Israel’s settlements in the West Bank as “inconsistent with international law.” Bottles were uncorked in Psagot that day in honor of the chief. of American diplomacy.

Right now, more than 450,000 Israelis reside in these West Bank settlements, a territory where 2.8 million Palestinians live. They are joined by some 200,000 Israelis from settlements in the eastern part of Jerusalem.

These decisions by the US government “will not legitimize the Israeli colonies, which will sooner or later disappear,” said the spokesman for Mahmoud Abas, the president of the Palestinian Authority.

Pompeo will not meet with any Palestinian leaders during this trip, which represents a break with the protocol whereby government representatives only go to the West Bank in the framework of visits with Palestinian, not Israeli, authorities.

The government of President Mahmoud Abas has reduced contacts with the US government to a minimum following its decisions in recent years, considered solely favorable to Israel.

“If international relations are now based on bottles of wine, diplomacy dies,” said Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh this week. Last year, Pompeo, an evangelical Christian, broke with decades of foreign policy to announce that states The United States no longer viewed Israel’s settlements in the West Bank as “inconsistent with international law.” Bottles were uncorked in Psagot that day honoring the head of US diplomacy.

Right now, more than 450,000 Israelis reside in these West Bank settlements, a territory where 2.8 million Palestinians live. They are joined by some 200,000 Israelis from settlements in the eastern part of Jerusalem.

These decisions by the US government “will not legitimize the Israeli colonies, which will sooner or later disappear,” said the spokesman for Mahmoud Abas, the president of the Palestinian Authority.

Pompeo will not meet with any Palestinian leaders during this trip, which represents a break with the protocol whereby government representatives only go to the West Bank in the framework of visits with Palestinian, not Israeli, authorities.

The government of President Mahmoud Abas has reduced contacts with the US government to a minimum following its decisions in recent years, considered solely favorable to Israel.

“If international relations are now based on bottles of wine, diplomacy dies,” Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh settled this week.