The president’s foreign policy agenda, dubbed “The Trump Doctrine,” continues to make important and historic policy moves despite a contested presidential election.
From brokering ceasefires with the Taliban to drafting peace deals in the Middle East, the Gulf states, and Afghanistan, Trump has essentially done what predecessors thought was impossible.
Solidifying his legacy as a president of peace, Trump has successfully normalized relations between longtime ally Israel and its embattled Muslim-majority enemies.
Throughout his first four years, President Trump has made it painstakingly clear that, under his administration, America will fight on behalf of its longtime ally Israel.
However, one nation that is especially resistant to normalizing relations with Israel is their ancient nemesis, Palestine.
In a show of solidarity with the Jewish state, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo became the first U.S. diplomat to visit the West Bank, the Israeli-occupied settlement bordering Palestine.
The West Bank is a long-disputed settlement that both Palestine and Israel claim is inherently theirs, however, Israel currently controls the region.
Pompeo showed his support for the Israeli occupation of the territory by visiting the Israeli Prime Minister on the land. Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and Pompeo discussed the threat Iran poses to Israel’s sovereignty.
But, more significantly, they announced products manufactured in the West Bank will have a tag that states “Made in Israel” or “Product of Israel” when goods are exported to the United States.
Previously, tags made the distinction that the products were made in the West Bank, according to Reuters.
In addition to solidifying Israel’s stronghold over the West Bank territory, Pompeo also revealed that the U.S. is deeming the Palestinian-led boycott movement against the Jewish state “anti-Semitic.”
It will also prevent any groups that participate in the boycotts from receiving government funding, ABC News reported.
The momentous visit by the Secretary of State comes amid the contested presidential election between two candidates with opposing foreign policy initiatives.
While Biden could potentially take office in January and undo the progress President Trump has achieved between Israel and its neighboring countries, Pompeo has vowed to continue doing business on the assumption that Trump will win a second term.