The Secretary of State of the United States, Mike Pompeo (c), lands in Tel Aviv, on an official visit. . / Stern Matty / US Embassy in Jerusalem
Jerusalem, Nov 18 . .- The Secretary of State of the United States, Mike Pompeo, arrived this afternoon in Tel Aviv on an official visit, to discuss with his authorities the normalization of relations with the Arab countries and the risk of Iran for the region, according to US official sources.
The US ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, and senior officials of the Israeli Foreign Ministry received Pompeo, who is traveling with his wife, at the airport, as confirmed by the US embassy.
Pompeo will stay for two and a half days in the region and will meet today with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, with whom he will talk about the Abraham Accords, signed last September at the White House and by which the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain normalized relations with Israel.
The other main topic to be discussed will be “joint efforts to confront Iran’s evil activities,” the State Department reported.
Although his agenda has not been released and official sources do not confirm it, Pompeo is expected to visit the Jewish settlement of Psagot, in the occupied Palestinian territory of the West Bank, which would make him the first US secretary of state to take this step while in The charge.
In the colony, Pompeo will visit a winery, which has named one of its wines after him.
The Israeli pacifist organization Paz Now said today that “by going to Psagot, Secretary of State Pompeo is doubling down on his Administration’s insistence that the settlements are not illegal, despite overwhelming evidence and international consensus” on the matter.
“Fortunately, this latest pathetic attempt to undermine peace prospects by normalizing settlements will fail badly, just as (US President Donald) Trump’s plan did” for peace, said an NGO spokesman, who recalled that the Psagot vineyards “are on Palestinian stolen land.”