In a podcast interview made public on Thursday, purported presidential aspirant Mike Pompeo, a former CIA director and secretary of state for the United States, called Mahmoud Abbas, the leader of the Palestinian Authority, a “terrorist.”
On their podcast “One Decision,” the journalist Julia Macfarlane and the former head of MI6 Richard Dearlove questioned Pompeo on Israel.
According to Pompeo, the Abraham Accords have improved American lives and strengthened the U.S. In dangerous areas, Marines are now less likely to die.
The Abraham Accords, he claimed, “basically reduced risk for the United States of America.”
Macfarlane repeatedly urged Pompeo to respond to questions regarding recent actions taken by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
“Look, I try to keep out of internal politics, but if any nation adopts a policy that is at odds with what is beneficial to my nation, we will say, ‘Hey. Here is our opinion. “This is what we would prefer you to do,” Pompeo stated.
But let me tell you, the list of issues we face in the Middle East “doesn’t make the hit parade,” he continued. “Let’s start with the reality that Iranian officials still detain individuals with British and American passports. Let’s begin by pointing out that Iranians are currently attempting to murder Americans living in their country, including former high government leaders.
Israel is a democratic democracy, according to Pompeo, not an occupying power. Being an evangelical Christian, he declared, “Despite the denial of so many, I am certain that this land is the rightful homeland of the Jewish people even after 3,000 years, based on my reading of the Bible.” “We ought to aid Israel in its endeavors.”
He addressed Mahmoud Abbas, the head of the Palestinian Authority, commonly known as “Abu Mazen,” at about the 29:45 minute mark.
“This was our underlying case theory. What is best for the United States? Is it worthwhile to wait for Abu Mazen, a notorious terrorist who has slain numerous people, including Americans, and paid those martyrs in exchange for their blood?
“The last secretary of state tried to draw lines on a map while running back and forth from Tel Aviv to Ramallah. We responded, “That’s just.” That is not in the best interests of America. We went and made peace, he continued. Everyone, including those who reside in Judea and Samaria, deserves nice things.
He was asked about the two-state solution. When Pompeo drew back, Macfarlane re-asked. According to Pompeo, “I’m for an outcome that ensures Israeli security and improves the quality of life for everyone in the region.”
“Can you accomplish it with a two-state solution?
Pompeo answered, “Only time, history, and the Lord will know the answer.