Pompeo Gets Personal Sukkot Holiday Tour with Netanyahu During Diplomatic Mission in Jerusalem

by Avi Abelow

US Secretary of State Mike Popeo visited Israel recently to meet PM Netanyahu and brief him on the latest ceasefire with Turkey in Syria.

Pompeo’s visit takes place while the Jewish people in Israel are celebrating the holiday of Sukkot, also known as Feast of the Tabernacles.

The Meeting

Prime Minister and Defense Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met on Friday morning morning, at the Prime Minister’s Residence in Jerusalem, with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

PM and DM Netanyahu at the start of the meeting:
“Secretary Pompeo, welcome once again to Jerusalem.

Mike, we’ve had important discussions about strengthening our alliance, the region, the various challenges that we face together.

I want to thank you and the president for your consistent support of Israel. The Middle East is a sea of troubles and turbulence, but if there is one thing that stands out, it’s your ability, stability and strength of the American-Israel alliance. We talked about making it even stronger, and I want to thank you for consistent support.

Thank you and welcome once again to Jerusalem.”

Prime Minister Netanyahu invited Secretary of State Pompeo to visit the sukkah at the Prime Minister’s Residence and said:
“Mike, since you’re visiting here on the holiday of Sukkot, we sit in a sukkah and we always remember what it was like when we didn’t have a permanent home. So let me show you a sukkah and then we’ll let you continue on your way.”

Also attending the meeting were US envoy to the Middle East Jim Jeffrey, US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, Mossad Director Yossi Cohen, National Security Council Director Meir Ben-Shabbat and the Prime Minister’s Military Secretary, Brig.-Gen. Avi Bluth.

Video: Etay Beit-On, GPO
Sound: Nir Sharf, GPO

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