Mike Pompeo became the first secretary of state to visit a settlement in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and Golan Heights. Pompeo appeared alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who praised both Pompeo and President Trump as longtime friends of the country.
- The visit angered Palestinians who have accused Pompeo and the Trump administration of having a pro-Israel bias. Previous administrations have avoided visiting settlements as it was considered a provocative move.
- During his visit, Pompeo said the State Department will designate the anti-Israel movement Boycott, Divest and Sanctions (BDS) as anti-semitic, and mandate that Israeli products made in settlements carry a "Made in Israel" label.
- In 2019, Trump signed an order recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights, a region Israel took from Syria in the Six-Day-War. That same year the Trump administration announced Israeli settlements in the West Bank were no longer considered "inconsistent with international law."
- In 2017, President Trump announced the U.S. would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and the American Embassy was moved there the following year.
- Palestinians who have boycotted the Trump administration have said they will resume normal relations with the U.S. once President-elect Joe Biden takes office in January. Biden hasn't revealed how many Trump-era decisions he will reverse.