Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State
Prime Minister’s Residence, Jerusalem
October 18, 2019
PRIME MINISTER NETANYAHU: Secretary Pompeo, welcome once again to Jerusalem. Mike, we’ve had important discussions about strengthening our alliance, the region, the various challenges that we face together, and I want to thank you for – and the President for – your consistent support for Israel.
The Middle East is a sea of troubles and turbulence, but if there’s one thing that stands out, it’s the durability, stability, and strength of the American-Israel alliance. We talked about making it even stronger. And I want to thank you for your consistent support.
Thank you and welcome once again.
SECRETARY POMPEO: Great. Great to be with you. Thanks. I’d just add this: It’s always a joy to be with you, Mr. Prime Minister. It’s great to be back here in Israel. The remarkable close relationship between our two countries is as strong as it has ever been. President Trump, of course, said to send his regards to you as well. We had a chance to talk this morning about all the challenges that the world faces and that Israel and the United States face head on together. As an important beacon of hope and democracy here in the Middle East, the American people value this relationship.
We talked about all the efforts we’ve made to push back against the threat not only to Israel, but to the region and the world, from the Islamic Republic of Iran, and we – we shared our ideas about how we can ensure Middle East stability together and how we would further our efforts to jointly combat all of the challenges that the world confronts here in the Middle East, and we appreciate all that you and your country does to assist America in keeping its people safe as well.
PRIME MINISTER NETANYAHU: Well, thank you. And Mike, as – since you’re visiting here on the holiday of Sukkot, we sit in a sukkah, which is a – it’s called the Feast of Tabernacles, and we always remember what it was like when we didn’t have a permanent home. So let me show you a sukkah —
SECRETARY POMPEO: That’d be great.
PRIME MINISTER NETANYAHU: — and then we’ll let you continue on your way. Thank you.