New Secretary of State Pompeo visits Israel before his own office

by Avi Abelow

Last week, Prime Minister Netanyahu had a successful meeting with newly appointed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Netanyahu called him “a true friend of Israel, and a true friend of the Jewish people.”  According to the new Secretary of State the U.S.-Israel relationship “has never been stronger.”  These are not mere words.  They reflect a new reality – in contrast to the cold shoulders of the Obama administration.

This was a truly amazing visit.  Pompeo is the first US Secretary of State who truly understands our situation. He understands the real threats that Israel faces day-in and day-out. He understands the dangers that Iran poses to the entire world. And he is a true friend of the State of Israel.

Does this mean that everything will be perfect for Israel? No. He is the Secretary of State of the USA, not Israel. However, since he truly understands the situation of the Middle East, he will be a great Secretary of State, looking to truly help our region become a safer place, for all of us!

Excerpts on Iran

“We remain deeply concerned about Iran’s dangerous escalation of threats toward Israel and the region.” Pompeo said.  Then he added that the U.S. supports Israel’s right to defend itself.

He mentioned that the Iran deal is “very flawed” and that President Trump has “directed the administration to try and fix it, and if we can’t fix it, he’s going to withdraw from the deal.”

He emphasized that strong ties with allies like Israel are “critical to our efforts to counter Iran’s destabilizing and malign activity throughout the Middle East.  And indeed throughout the world.”

Pompeo on the US Embassy Opening in Jerusalem

Washington is “incredibly proud” to open the new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem on May 14th, Pompeo said. “By recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and the seat of its government, we’re recognizing reality.”


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