Last week, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo became the first top American diplomat to officially visit an Israeli settlement in Judea and Samaria, the same day he also became the first Secretary of State in U.S. history to visit the Golan heights. These moves are a significant step in recognizing the legitimacy of Jewish people living in their ancestral homeland and marks just the latest move by Pompeo and the Trump administration when it comes to doing the right thing for Israel.
The visit by Pompeo is an important step and follows last years recognition by the US of the legality of Israeli settlements in Judea and Samaria. This policy is part of the "Pompeo doctrine" which affirms that Israeli settlements in the biblical land of Judea and Samaria do not violate international law.
The doctrine also recognizes the fact that Israelis have the right to live in Judea and Samaria, a land where most of the Bible was either written or took place.
These moves by Secretary Pompeo and President Trump mark a dramatic reversal of decades of American foreign policy, as past Presidents declined to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, refused to recognize the right of Jews to build settlements in Judea, and pressured Israel to give up the biblical heartland of Judea and Samaria for a Palestinian State.
And despite all the protests from former US foreign policy officials and the media about how moves like this would bring war and instability to the Middle East, today we see more peace and more stability in the region than anyone thought possible in recent decades. As the next administration comes into power in January, it would benefit them to look at the peace and stability brought to the region by the Pompeo Doctrine and continue this policy of support for our ally in the Middle East.