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Mike Pompeo makes unprecedented visit to Israeli settlement in West Bank
Mike Pompeo makes unprecedented visit to Israeli settlement in West Bank
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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has toured a Jewish settlement in the Israeli-occupied West Bank - the first such visit by a top US official.

Israel’s military occupation has received a symbolic US stamp of approval after Mike Pompeo toured an archaeological dig run by a far-right settler group and visited a settlement that farms grapes on land Palestinians say was stolen from them.

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Historic deal to normalize relations between Israel and United Arab Emirates
U.S. President Donald J. Trump announcing the deal
U.S. President Donald J. Trump announcing the deal Credit: Joyce N. Boghosian (White House) (Public Domain)

In a surprise announcement, Israel has agreed to suspend its plans to annex parts of the West Bank and has reached a deal with the United Arab Emirates.

Both countries have agreed to take up normalized diplomatic relations and to cooperate in topics of energy, water, environmental protection, water, the development of a Covid-19 and other topics. The president of the United States, Donald Trump, has reportedly helped to broker the deal and announced it.