Remarks With Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Before Their Meeting
Secretary of State
SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you, Mr. Prime Minister. I just want to say thank you for being here, Mr. Prime Minister. We appreciate you being here a great deal. It matters. This is a global challenge in the Middle East and I look forward to a successful day here where we’ll continue to build on what happened last night between all the parties who are deeply interested and committed to ensuring that we push back against all of the threats – including Iran – in the Middle East. So thank you all.
QUESTION: Secretary Pompeo, does this summit deals with ways to combat or to fight Iran, like Prime Minister Netanyahu said yesterday?
SECRETARY POMPEO: Yeah, look, you can’t achieve peace and stability in the Middle East without confronting Iran. It’s just not possible. They’re a malign influence in Lebanon, in Yemen, in Syria, in Iraq, the three H’s: the Houthis, Hamas, and Hizballah. These are real threats; there are others as well. But you can’t get peace in the Middle East without pushing back against Iran.