(JNS) The U.S. State Department issued a new policy on Thursday requiring that products manufactured in settlements in Judea and Samaria be labeled as “Israel,” “Product of Israel” or “Made in Israel” when exported to the United States.
“This approach recognizes that ‘Area C’ producers operate within the economic and administrative framework of Israel, and their goods should be treated accordingly,” said U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in a statement. “This update will also eliminate confusion by recognizing that producers in other parts of the West Bank [Judea and Samaria] are for all practical purposes administratively separate and that their goods should be marked accordingly.”
Goods made in Palestinian Authority-controlled areas in the West Bank are to be labeled as products of the “West Bank.” Goods produced in the Gaza Strip are to be marked as products of “Gaza.”
On November 19th, Pompeo became the first sitting secretary of state to visit an Israeli settlement when he toured Psagot and its winery, located north of Jerusalem.
He also visited the Golan Heights on November 19th, becoming the first secretary of state to do so.