Pompeo to ‘Post’: All options still on the table to counter Iran

Bit late now…


US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks to The Jerusalem Post, November 20, 2020 (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrapped up a visit to Israel, replete with dramatic policy announcements, with a conversation with The Jerusalem Post on Friday.

Just the day before, Pompeo became the first US secretary of state to visit a West Bank settlement, as well as the Golan Heights. And while he was at the Psagot Winery in Sha’ar Binyamin, he announced that products exported by Israelis in Judea and Samaria to the US would be labeled “Made in Israel,” and that the US would consider the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement to be antisemitic and all funding would be revoked from its affiliates.

But there are many more issues regarding Israel on the agenda, from continuing the maximum pressure campaign on Iran to the momentum created by the Abraham Accords.

Pompeo wouldn’t quite admit that his time in office is, in all likelihood, ending in two months – in keeping with his boss US President Donald Trump’s continuing challenge to the election results that are in favor of Democratic candidate Joe Biden. But much of his remarks still had the air of a retrospective, of someone looking back at a job that he considered to be well done.

The following is a complete transcript of the interview, edited for clarity.

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