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March 21, 2019 1:22 pm

US Secretary of State Pompeo Makes Unprecedented Visit to Western Wall in Jerusalem

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo touches the stones of the Western Wall during a visit to the site in Jerusalem’s Old City, March 21, 2019. Photo: Abir Sultan / Pool via Reuters.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo — joined by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — visited the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City on Thursday.

This marked the first-ever tour of the Jewish holy site by a top American diplomat accompanied by an Israeli official.

In the past, the US government had sought to avoid tacitly recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over the parts of Jerusalem it took control of in the 1967 Six-Day War.

During Thursday’s visit, Pompeo placed a prayer note inside the wall.

He was also taken to the Western Wall tunnels and Wilson’s Arch.

Watch a video of Pompeo’s Western Wall visit below:

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