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MembersPompeo’s Farewell Gifts to Israel

Trump and Bibi must now move quickly to implement last minute policies and present Biden with a fait accompli

Photo: Matty Stern/US Embassy Jerusalem

Washington and Jerusalem have barely two months left to attend to the last few matters that a Joe Biden government would certainly not be concerned with. “Israeli goods from the Jewish settlements in Judea and Samaria will from now on be declared as products made in Israel,” announced US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during his last visit to Israel. Pompeo is the first Secretary of State to officially visit a Jewish settlement in Judea and Samaria. And his government is the first to officially recognize Judea, Samaria and the Golan Heights as territories under Israeli sovereignty, although these are still referred to as “occupied territories” by the international community.

All of his predecessors refused to visit because these territories were considered to be “conquered land” and doing so would have angered the Palestinians and the international community. In the winery of the Jewish settlement of Psagot in Samaria, Pompeo was given a bottle of red wine, a blend of shiraz, cabernet sauvignon and merlot, with his name on the label. The label read “Pompeo red.” It was a thank...

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