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Pompeo: The US will always support Israel's right to defend itself

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday addressed the opening plenary of the 2020 AJC Global Forum, where he reaffirmed the strong US-Israel relationship, condemned rising worldwide anti-Semitism, and cautioned Iran against threatening Israel and pursuing a nuclear weapons program.

AJC's signature annual event, which was originally scheduled to take place this week in Berlin, Germany, was changed to an online meeting due to the coronavirus pandemic. As a result, Pompeo’s remarks reached an audience of many thousands in the US and around the world.

"Since 1948, Israel has proven time and again that it's up to any challenge to the Jewish people's right to govern themselves in their ancestral homeland," he said. "The United States will always support Israel's right to defend itself."

Pompeo noted that he has visited Israel four times as Secretary of State, adding, "As a Christian, being in Israel deeply is moving, a very moving experience for me." (INN / VFI News)