The US wants the entire Middle East to be like Israel, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated at the 36th Annual Jewish Institute for National Security of America Awards Dinner, in Washington, D.C. on October 10.
“Israel is everything we want the entire Middle East to look like going forward. It is democratic and prosperous. It desires peace. And it is a home to a free press and a thriving free market economy. Compare that to Iran, whose corrupt leaders assault the human rights of their own people, finance terrorism, and undermine U.S. interests in every corner of the Middle East,” Pomeo stated.
The state secretary also slammed the policy of the Obama administration towards Iran claiming that the detente was a wrong direction.
“President Obama thought he – thought if he made dangerous concessions, removed economic sanctions, and flew a plane full of cash to Tehran, he could somehow hug Iran’s leaders into behaving well and rejoining the community of nations.
But those leaders aren’t from a Disney movie. They’re real. They’re not tragically misunderstood. They are murderers and funders of terrorism who lead chants – today, still – of “Death to America.” Their goals include profiting off the misery of their own people and wiping Israel off the face of the Earth.
By and large, I think the American people understand the threat that Iran poses. It’s why they opposed the deal that the previous administration made by a margin of two to one, and it’s why they sent to our country a very different kind of president in 2016,” he said.
These remarks are a common declaration in the framework of the policy employed by the Trump administration in the Middle East. Washignton has openly sided with Israel in all conflicts, including the Palestinian-Israeli issue, has withdrawn from the Iran nuclear deal and is now working to pressure Iran further across the region as well as to provide more military support to Tel Aviv.