Pompeo Slams Khamenei Over Anti-Israel Remarks

YERUSHALAYIM -
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu (R.) meets with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Yerushalayim, last week. (PMO)

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday slammed Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s offensive remarks against Israel a day earlier.

“The United States condemns Supreme Leader Khamenei’s disgusting and hateful anti-Semitic remarks,” Pompeo wrote. “They have no place on Twitter or on any other social media platform. We know Khamenei’s vile rhetoric does not represent the Iranian people’s tradition of tolerance.

“The leader of the world’s top sponsor of terrorism and anti-Semitism denies the Holocaust, sends money and weapons to anti-Israel terrorists, and now has invoked the Nazi call for the Final Solution.”

Turning to world nations, Pompeo asked rhetorically, “Is this someone who can be trusted with deadly weapons?”

During his visit to Israel last week, Pompeo accused Iran of using its resources to “foment terror” even as its people face the Middle East’s deadliest coronavirus outbreak.

“Even during this pandemic the Iranians are using the ayatollah regime’s resources to foment terror across the world, even when the people of Iran are struggling so mightily,” Pompeo said in Yerushalayim. “It tells you a lot about the soul of those people who lead that country,” he added.

Pompeo said that the campaign to rein in Tehran’s regional aggression has been successful, but he acknowledged that more work needs to be done in that sphere.