Correspondent in Jerusalem
Iran was the central theme of the first day of the official trip with which Mike Pompeo says goodbye to Israel as Secretary of State. Donald Trump’s envoy participated in a tripartite summit with Benjamin Netanyahu and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bahrain, Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani, in which he stressed that the Abraham Accords “tell evil actors like the Islamic Republic of Iran that their influence in the region is waning and that they are increasingly isolated in this and will be forever until they change direction.” These are the agreements for the normalization of relations with Israel signed by Bahrain and United Arab Emirates (UAE) thanks to the mediation of Washington, a path that Sudan will also follow.
Pompeo landed after a night marked by further Israeli strikes against Iranian targets in Syria, in which at least three Syrian soldiers died, and with the information about a possible military operation against Iran before the replacement in the White House. After underlining the importance of the Iranian axis consolidated by the new regional alliances of the Arab world with the Jewish State, he insisted that the agreements “establish a marker, a marker for the future of the Middle East” with “a common vision of peace, security and prosperity ».
Netanyahu had words of memory for Donald Trump and revealed that “I have had many contacts throughout the years, but frankly this day would not have happened, these Abraham Accords would not have been signed, without his support and crucial leadership.” The first minister highlighted the record of having signed “three agreements in six weeks.”
The representative of Bahrain, who made history by being the first president of his country on an official trip to Israel, was the only one who remembered the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. Al Zayani was optimistic with extend peace to the rest of the Middle East, but recalled that to achieve this goal “the Israeli-Palestinian conflict must be resolved” and called on both parties to “come to the negotiating table to achieve a viable two-state solution, to which the community also aspires. international”.
Pompeo will extend his stay until Friday and plans to become the first secretary of state in office to travel to the occupied territories. His agenda includes a visit to the winery in the Psagot neighborhood, near Ramallah, where they have named a red wine with his name and where a Palestinian-American protest was registered. Trump’s envoy will also approach the Jordan River to see Qasr el Yehud, the site of Jesus’ baptism.
Coming changes in the White House led to the Palestinian National Authority to regain civil and security coordination with Israel, broken six months ago due to annexation plans by Netanyahu. This decision means that the ANP will once again accept the tax revenues that the Jewish State collects on its behalf.