“Israel does not occupy”: Former United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Spoke today (Tuesday) at the Jerusalem Post conference in Jerusalem, and addressed the Arab-Palestinian conflict in the shadow of Iran’s nuclear armament. He also referred to the possibility of active military action against the Islamic Republic in case it continues its arms race.
“The lie of the occupation allows Israel’s enemies to act aggressively against Israel,” Pompeo said. “Promoting this common deception has become the main weapon against Israel in our generation. The bottom line is that occupation is a legal concept that does not apply to Israel. However, this term has been intentionally misused.” He added that during his time he worked hard to stabilize the “chaos” he said prevailed in the Middle East: “The situation I inherited when I entered government was chaos. The fact that a sovereign Israel is not my idea is a historical and legal fact.”
“I want to return to the bottom line – Israel is not occupying,” he added. “Hundreds of thousands of Jews and Christians have a legitimate reason to live here. In recent years we have seen the plunder of Jewish sovereignty.”
Asked about the chances of responding militarily to these threats, the statesman said: “This is a risk of movement. The risk is that nations are stuck where they are stuck with one tool – the military tool. I pray that we do not push Israel into such a place. The United States will be a partner in this. “He concluded:” I hope we do not reach military action. “We never intended to allow Iran to acquire nuclear weapons in our shift.”
On opening a consulate for Palestinians in Jerusalem: “This is a terrible idea. It is illegal under American law. We do not place an embassy and consulate in the same city. The message it will send to Palestinians who oppress their people will be bad. We do not want them to think the United States is neutral “Israel and an oppressive regime like in the West Bank.”
“There is no logic in dealing with Iran”
Also the former US Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, Spoke at the panel on the return to the nuclear deal with Iran, on the state of tourism and neighborly relations with the Gulf states since the Abrahamic agreements, and on the approach of the new White House administration to the expansion of historic agreements to more countries.
On the Iranian issue, and a return to the nuclear deal, the former ambassador said: “There is a binary calculation here. There are two sensible situations – or maximum sanctions and pressure to make sure Iran does not develop nuclear weapons or an agreement, but not the agreement that will remove the nuclear threat. Are in none of these places. We are not exerting maximum pressure nor in an agreement that removes the threat. There can be no long time in this place. There is no path here with logic. We are in an irrational gray area for the US and the rest of the world. “
“I think the way Israel respects all religions and beliefs in Jerusalem is a story that is not told as it should have been told. People should come and see it. We have flights now from Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Manama, they are all coming to Tel Aviv. I am really trying to encourage tourism. Muslim. ” Friedman added: “When you talk to Muslim people about Jerusalem, they are not talking about Jaffa Street or Ben Yehuda, but only about the Al-Aqsa Mosque. I think Israel is doing a good job of honoring the holy sites of the Muslim world, and that can increase trust between Israel. To the neighboring countries. “
On the Biden administration’s handling of the Abrahamic agreements, Friedman said: “I am glad that the agreements were embraced, but there is something else and that is that the Abrahamic agreements deal with relations between Israel and Muslim countries, with the powerful United States supervising and encouraging. The US is strong, not just the US, and it will not help if the US moves off the world stage. The US will have to convince more countries. It is not just to say that the agreements should be promoted, “the United States should be the United States that it has been in previous governments.”
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