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Mike Pompeo said coming to Israel this week for Mossad chief’s retirement

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks after a security briefing on Mount Bental in the Golan Heights, near the Israeli-Syrian border, November 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, Pool)
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks after a security briefing on Mount Bental in the Golan Heights, near the Israeli-Syrian border, November 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, Pool)

Politico reports that former US secretary of state Mike Pompeo is planning to come to Israel later this week.

The site reports:

“A person close to the former secretary of state said the plans are not finalized because of Israel’s Covid protocols. That person added that Pompeo, a former CIA director, would travel as a private citizen to celebrate the retirement of Yossi Cohen, the head of Israel’s intelligence agency, Mossad.

“Pompeo may also meet privately with nongovernmental officials, according to the person, who added that Pompeo alerted Blinken of his plans.”

Politico notes that the former secretary of state was a staunch defender of Israel, adding that he had served as “America’s top diplomat during the negotiation of the Abraham Accords — bilateral deals that normalized relations between Israel and a number of Arab countries.”

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