Tag: Mike Pompeo

Government swearing-in pushed off to Thursday against backdrop of Pompeo visit

Israel’s 35th government will be officially installed on Thursday, Blue and White chairman Benny Gantz, in his role as Knesset speaker, informed parliament Monday afternoon, bringing to an end 16 months of political turmoil wrought by three inconclusive elections. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud and Blue and White had previously said that their “emergency national […]

Opinion: What Pompeo’s High-speed Mid-pandemic Trip to Israel Is Really About

His own State Department remains on lockdown, with most employees working from their homes. The entire world is subject to a Level 4 “Do Not Travel” warning. White House officials who have attended West Wing  meetings with him have tested positive for COVID-19 in recent days. Yet with all that, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will touch […]

Pompeo visits Israel on the day its new government is sworn in

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is to pay a short visit to Israel on May 13, ending a pause in his international travels due to coronavirus. He will meet both Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, an old friend, and Benny Gantz, the new “alternative prime minister,” on the day that the pair take office as […]

US salutes Jewish People who ‘Demonstrate an unbreakable spirit’

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo today issued a special announcement on the occasion of Jewish American Heritage Month in the United States. “In the centuries since the founding of our nation, Jewish Americans have enriched our country’s culture and character. As Jewish American Heritage Month commences, we reaffirm our support for the Jewish community […]

Pompeo hits out at Iran after deadly US strikes in Iraq and Syria

The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, has hit out at Iran after briefing Donald Trump about US strikes against a militia group in Iraq and Syria in which 25 fighters were reportedly killed. The Pentagon said the attacks were “defensive strikes” against the Kata’ib Hezbollah militia group, which US officials said was backed by […]

Pompeo rebukes China and Russia for vetoing UN aid to Syria

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo harshly criticized a veto by Russia and China of a United Nations security council resolution that would allow humanitarian aid to reach Syrian rebels, calling the action “shameful.” “Russia and China, who have chosen to make a political statement by opposing this resolution, you have blood on your hands,” […]

At United Nations, U.S. faces strong opposition to its shift on Israeli settlements

The United States on Wednesday defended itself at the United Nations against strong opposition from the European Union and other world powers to the Trump administration’s declaration that it no longer considers Israeli settlements to be in violation of international law. Monday’s announcement by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reversed a four-decade-old U.S. position on […]

Mike Pompeo: Iran positioning itself for rapid nuclear break-out

Iran has positioned itself to rapidly break out into a nuclear power by resuming uranium enrichment at Fordow, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday. “Iran’s expansion of proliferation-sensitive activities raises concerns that Iran is positioning itself to have the option of a rapid nuclear breakout,” Pompeo said. The biggest obstacle to build […]

Secretary of State compares Trump to Esther

‘It’s possible God sent him to save Israel’ One of America’s most senior politicians has claimed it is possible Donald Trump was sent by God to save Israel from rival nations. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was responding to a question from the Christian Broadcasting Network on whether the US President was like a modern […]