Nov. 20 (UPI) — Mike Pompeo on Friday accomplished what’s anticipated to be his ultimate journey to Israel as U.S. secretary of state by visiting a museum in Jerusalem based by an evangelical supporter of President Donald Trump.
Mike Evans, creator of the Mates of Zion Museum, has been certainly one of Trump’s most loyal supporters within the religion group with robust ties to Israel. The museum acknowledges Christian supporters of the Jewish state.
Pompeo mentioned in a tweet that touring the museum was “enriching” and took the chance to once more criticize the Boycott, Disinvestment and Sanctions motion, which goals to stress Israel economically to finish occupation within the West Financial institution.
Pompeo mentioned at a joint information convention with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday the BDS motion is a “most cancers” that the US and Israel are dedicated to defeating. Additionally Thursday, Pompeo visited Israeli settlements within the West Financial institution, the primary U.S. secretary of state to take action.
“Due to the Mates of Zion Museum for an enriching tour and continued help for U.S.-Israel relations, significantly efforts to fight BDS and anti-Semitism internationally,” Pompeo wrote in his tweet. “We share frequent causes of a protected, safe and affluent Israel and a world freed from anti-Semitism.”
Pompeo mentioned in his remarks Thursday that the US will reduce funding for any group that helps the BDS motion. Some U.S. supporters of the motion say the menace would violate their freedom of speech.
Pompeo advised The Jerusalem Submit on Friday that the Trump administration has made the Center East a safer place over the past 4 years, a reference to latest normalization agreements between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Sudan.
After departing Israel, Pompeo is scheduled to go to the UAE, Qatar and Saudi Arabia earlier than returning to Washington, D.C.
Pompeo, who has beforehand implied that Trump gained the 2020 election, once more declined Friday to acknowledge Joe Biden because the president-elect, saying they’re “nonetheless counting votes.”
Georgia, a key battleground state Biden gained, accomplished a hand recount Thursday that affirmed the previous vice chairman’s victory by about 14,000 votes. Georgia is anticipated to certify the votes Friday.
Biden has but to announce his nominee to go the State Division, however Pompeo has given no indication that he’ll go to Israel once more earlier than the Biden administration begins on Jan. 20.
Pompeo additionally advised the Submit that the Trump administration will proceed to take motion to counter Iran.
“It can’t be the case that rewarding Iranian intransigence, rewarding terror, rewarding Iranians for constructing their enrichment packages is the best plan of action to make Israel safer,” he mentioned.
“It makes completely no sense and so it is our agency perception that the continuation of the issues we have been doing results in a really elevated probability of a safer, extra affluent Center East.”
The New York Instances reported final week that Pompeo was one of many administration officers who talked Trump out of an concept final week to bomb a nuclear improvement facility in Iran.