Nov. 19 (UPI) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday turned the primary high American official to go to settlements within the Israeli-controlled West Financial institution — and vowed that the US will minimize funding over a boycott linked to what he mentioned is an anti-Semitic motion.
Pompeo made the funding menace throughout a joint information convention with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who referred to as the promise “merely fantastic.”
The Boycott, Disinvestment and Sanctions motion was began in 2005 and goals to make use of financial strain to compel Israel to finish its management within the West Financial institution and different disputed territories.
In his remarks Thursday, Pompeo labeled the BDS motion “hateful” and mentioned teams or companies related to it should see an financial backlash.
“We need to stand with all different nations that acknowledge the BDS motion for the most cancers that it’s, and we’re dedicated to combating it,” Pompeo mentioned. “Our report speaks for itself.
“Throughout the Trump administration, America stands with Israel like by no means earlier than. Certainly, the dedication we have made, the ironclad dedication we have made to the Jewish state, will proceed.”
Additionally Thursday, Pompeo additionally turned the primary U.S. secretary of state to go to an Israeli settlement within the West Financial institution. He traveled to to Judea and Samaria and made a cease on the Psagot Vineyard and Shaar Binyamin Industrial Park.
“At present the US Division of State stands strongly to the popularity that settlements will be executed in a method which are lawful and acceptable and correct,” he mentioned.
Israel’s constructing settlements in Palestinian areas of the West Financial institution has been condemned by a lot of the worldwide group. A yr in the past, Pompeo mentioned the settlements do not violate worldwide legal guidelines — a reversal of a long-held U.S. place.
Thursday, Netanyahu thanked Pompeo and the Trump administration for numerous choices during the last 4 years that benefited Israel — together with shifting the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, serving to to normalize relations with the United Arab Emirates and supporting Israeli settlements within the Golan Heights.
“Due to President Trump, the US proposed the primary actually real looking plan for peace between Israelis and Palestinians,” Netanyahu mentioned. “And due to President Trump, Israel was capable of forge peace with three Arab international locations: the UAE, Bahrain and Sudan.”
Each Netanyahu and Israeli President Reuven Rivlin have congratulated President-elect Joe Biden on his victory and invited him to satisfy in Jerusalem early subsequent yr.
Pompeo’s go to in Israel is a part of a 10-day, seven-nation tour in Europe and the Center East. He’ll subsequent go to the UAE, Qatar and Saudi Arabia earlier than returning to the US.