US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo plans to visit a West Bank settlement and the occupied Golan Heights during a visit to the Zionist entity next week, according to Thursday reports.
If true, the trip would make Pompeo the first US secretary of state to visit such locations on an official visit to the Israeli regime.
Pompeo’s plan was first reported by the Walla Israeli news site, citing unnamed officials in Al-Quds (Jerusalem) and in Washington with knowledge of the matter.
Reporter Barak Ravid’s story was also published in English on the Axios news site. It was later reported by Haaretz, which cited “sources familiar with details” of the trip.
The reports said Pompeo plans to visit the so-called Psagot Winery in the settlement of Psagot, near Ramallah, and that officials at the US Embassy in the Zionist entity and in the US Secret Service were making preparations for the trip, according to Times of Israeli.
The visit comes exactly one year after Pompeo said that the US did not consider Jewish settlements to be illegal.
Last year, Pompeo visited the Buraq Wall (known by Zionists as “Western Wall”) in Al-Quds accompanied by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, becoming the first US secretary of state to visit the Old City of Al-Quds accompanied by a senior Israeli official.
Pompeo will arrive in the occupied territories on Wednesday, and will likely meet Netanyahu, Defense Minister Benny Gantz, Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi and Mossad chief Yossi Cohen, Time of Israeli said, citing Walla.
Source: Israeli media