Blaming Palestinians and Iran, Mike Pompeo Rules Out Normalization between Saudi Arabia, Israel

Former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv. (Photo: Wikimedia)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff  

Former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that reaching a normalization deal between Saudi Arabia and Israel may be “impossible” if the prerequisite is the establishment of a Palestinian state.

In an interview with the Israeli newspaper Jerusalem Post, Pompeo – who was one of the architects of the so-called Abraham Accords – said that “it is impossible to image a two-state solution with the current Palestinian leadership who is underwriting terrorism, taking money from Iran, paying citizens to kill Israelis.”

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“It is very difficult to imagine how one would strike a deal with the very leaders that have rejected every reasonable offer with which they have been presented,” Pompeo added.

Pompeo’s remarks come one day after the visit to Ramallah of Nayef al-Sudairi, Saudi Arabia’s first ambassador to Palestine.

During his visit, al-Sudairi reiterated that the creation of a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital is a priority for Saudi Arabia.

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“The Arab Peace Initiative is the central point of any upcoming agreement,” al-Sudairi said.

Pompeo said that, although a normalization agreement is supported by both Democrats and Republicans, it would be “more easily attainable with a Republican president, meaning one that understands the greatest threat to peace in the region is Iran.”

“When we isolate Iran, the region becomes more peaceful and prosperous,” Pompeo said.

(The Palestine Chronicle)

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  1. Pompeo, how much money did you get from Israel for those comments? Before you make ignorant statements you should educate yourself.

  2. Ah, so the greatest threat to the region is Iran. Not the USA. The US blew up Iraq, Syria, Libya, Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia, killing millions along the way, but Iran is the problem. Got it.

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