Secretary Michael R. Pompeo And Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Before Their Meeting (Excerpts)

May 13, 2020

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The second thing is that there’s something else plaguing our region, which is unremitting Iranian aggression and terror, and I want to express my appreciation for the strong position that the President and you and your administration put forward against Iran – first, by withdrawing from the dangerous Iran deal; second, by taking head on t he masters of Iranian terror; third, by going after, continuing the arms embargo against Iran that has not stopped for a minute its aggressive designs and its aggressive actions against Americans, Israelis, and everyone else in the region.  So I want to express our appreciation for that and also discuss how we can continue in our partnership to combat and confront and roll back Iran’s aggression in the Middle East, in Syria, everywhere else.


You spoke thoughtfully and candidly about Iran, as you always have.  President Trump has done the same.  The campaign that we have been part of to reduce the resources that the ayatollah has to inflict harm here in Israel and all across the world has borne fruit, it has been successful, and we’re going to stay at it.  There is still work to do on that file as well.  As you talked about, even during this pandemic the Iranians using the ayatollahs’, the regime’s resources to foment terror across the world even when the people of Iran are struggling so mightily tells you a lot about the soul of those people who lead that country.