Iran is keeping the Middle East in turmoil and targeting Israel, charged U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo last week during half-hour speech at the American University in Cairo.

“America’s penchant for wishful thinking led us to look the other way as Hezbollah, wholly owned subsidiary of the Iranian regime, accumulated massive arsenal of approximately 130,000 rockets and missiles,” Pompeo explained.

“We won’t accept this status quo. Our aggressive sanctions campaign against Iran is also directed at the terror group and its leaders.”

He also pledged to keep the same from happening in Syria, saying the U.S. would “use diplomacy and work with our partners to expel every last Iranian boot and work through the UN-led process to bring peace and stability to the long-suffering Syrian people.”

Pompeo concluded: “When America retreats, chaos follows. When we neglect our friends, resentment builds. When we partner with enemies, they advance.”

Christian Whiton praised Pompeo for calling out “radical Islamism” in his speech. He made the remarks in an article on the FoxNews website, as he condemned others who refused to do so for fear of offending anyone.

Whiton, the former senior advisor in the Donald Trump and George W. Bush administrations, is now a senior fellow for strategy and public diplomacy at the Center for the National Interest and author of the book, Smart Power: Between Diplomacy and War. In his article, also praised Pompeo for outlining the Trump administration’s rigorous efforts at diplomacy across the Middle East, which he said have contributed to radical change and unprecedented cooperation.

Remarking about U.S. support for Syria, Whiton said: “Assist is the keyword. We ask every peace-loving nation of the Middle East to shoulder new responsibilities for defeating Islamist extremism. This is the fundamental essence of ‘America First.’ “

Mixed Reviews

Elsewhere, the speech garnered the expected responses from the expected people.

“Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s speech is important in supporting regional stability and identifying the dangers faced by the region,” United Arab Emirates (UAE) Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash tweeted about the speech.

“Washington, through its secretary of state, is asserting the importance of its alliances and supporting its friends,” Gargash added.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted the opposite response: “Whenever/wherever U.S. interferes, chaos, repression, and resentment follow. The day Iran mimics U.S. clients is the day hell freezes over.”

NPR’s Daniella Cheslow reported that Israelis reacted favorably: “Pompeo mentioned Israel more than dozen times, and in each instance asserted the U.S. priority on maintaining its ally’s security. Dore Gold, former director general of Israel’s foreign ministry, said Pompeo’s 'critique of Iranian expansionism was very important for Israel.’”

The Los Angeles Times reported: “Among California’s diverse Iranian diaspora, reactions to Pompeo’s speech ranged from a shred of hope that the Trump administration could effect change in Iran to fear that the Secretary of State is prepared to resort to war.”

Please pray with us for lasting peace for Israel. Also, pray for open hearts and minds as the Trump administration unveils its proposed peace plan.

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