President Trump’s recent Middle East peace deals proved former Secretary of State John Kerry wrong in predicting that Israel would be more isolated without the Iran nuclear deal, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday.
“I remember Secretary Kerry said that if the nuclear deal were dropped, Israel would become more isolated when in fact the opposite has now happened,” he said in The Story.
“They joined hands and now have many more partners across the region: each of those countries, those Gulf states recognize that the threat shared by the Islamic Republic of Iran is very real and are now working together, building security and economic real relationships and links between these countries, “he said.
“It will be really stabilizing for the Middle East to see what happens tomorrow in Washington, D.C.”
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In 2015, Kerry said, “I’m afraid what could happen is that if Congress overturns it, our friends in Israel may actually end up being more isolated and more blamed.”
Pompeo’s comments came as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to join Bahraini and UAE leaders on Tuesday in signing agreements that normalize relations between nations.
The Secretary of State also mocked comments from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Who attempted to downplay the importance of the peace accords that President Trump’s administration helped negotiate between Israel and other nations of the Middle East.
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Last week Pelosi told CNN that Trump’s peace accords were distractions from the impact of COVID-19. “Good for him to have a distraction on a day when the number of people who are affected and the number of people who die from this virus only increases,” he said Friday.
Pompeo told “The Story” host Martha MacCallum that those deals were “remarkable”. “So cynical,” he said in response to a clip from Pelosi. “It is an extraordinary result. The administration and President Trump had established the conditions for peace in the Middle East. There is real progress that tomorrow we will have Israelis, Bahraini, Emirates, all in Washington to sign agreements that normalize relations between countries. It’s a fantastic day. “