Pompeo warns: China is ‘growing challenge’ for Israel, U.S.

Speaking at virtual annual conference, secretary of state says Trump administration considers China a threat to American ‘way of life’, slams human rights abuses

By Amir Tibon, HAARETZ  Washington | Jun. 14, 2020

WASHINGTON – United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday that China represents a “growing challenge” to both the U.S. and Israel, and is viewed by the Trump administration as a threat to their “way of life.”

During a speech before the American Jewish Committee which held its annual conference virtually in light of the Coronavirus crisis, Pompeo attacked China for its foreign policy, and for quashing human rights within its borders, as well as for its attempt to take away the civil rights of the citizens of Hong Kong.

China, Pompeo said, “endangers all of us” with its behavior. “We all must be alert to the Chinese Communist Party’s threat to our way of life,” he cautioned. Pompeo also accused China of spreading “disinformation campaigns” in other countries.

Pompeo’s comments come several weeks after he visited Israel and demanded the country to limit Chinese companies’ involvement in Israeli infrastructure projects. The issue of Chinese economic activity in Israel has been a source of tension between the U.S. and Israel for several years now, and the Trump administration has increased the pressure on Israel in recent months to take meaningful action on the subject.

By casting China as a threat and challenge not just to the U.S., but also to Israel, Pompeo sent a clear message that the administration will continue to put pressure on this front. Israeli officials are facing a dilemma – they do not want to anger the administration, but are concerned about the economic implications of giving up comfortable contracts with Chinese companies and becoming a partner in the U.S. trade war against China.

Pompeo also said that the Trump administration’s vision for the Middle East is the “most realistic path” to ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He did not, however, refer directly to the question of Israeli annexation of settlements in the occupied West Bank, or to the prospects of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

In addition, the secretary of state also attacked Iran and promised that the Trump administration would “never” allow Iran to acquire nuclear weapons. Pompeo accused the Islamic republic of being the number one purveyor of antisemitism in the world today, and added that anti-Zionism is a form of antisemitism.

Another speaker at the virtual conference was German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who said that her country’s support for Israel’s security is “non-negotiable”, and that Germany views opposition to antisemitism as a national security interest. Merkel, like Pompeo, didn’t address the issue of annexation, despite the fact that her Foreign Minister visited Jerusalem last week in order to warn Israeli officials about the diplomatic and economic consequences that such a move would likely create.

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  1. Israel must respond cautiously to Pompeo’s demands. With the United States facing a double whammy of is self-inflicted economic collapse and the self-inflicted collapse of law and order in its major cities, the United States may seize to be an active factor in the middle East over the next several years. Sucking up to China and Russia may be Israel’s best option.

  2. “Sucking up to China and Russia may be Israel’s best option.”

    Alex, as you dig further into the matter, I think you’ll see that there isn’t much there for Israel to “suck” on. My first-hand sources in China say, essentially, that the Chinese economy jerked sharply south in 2015, and shows no prospect of coming back. As for Russia, it is a country with the GDP between those of South Korea and Canada, which is trying to maintain a superpower military.

    As for your repeating that the US is suffering from a “self-inflicted collapse”, you have said this without consulting the majority of Americans — and the overwhelming majority of PRODUCTIVE Americans who keep the place going.

    As for Israel, the following stands as a warning:

    2 Kings 1:
    [1] Then Moab rebelled against Israel after the death of Ahab.
    [2] And Ahaziah fell down through a lattice in his upper chamber that was in Samaria, and was sick: and he sent messengers, and said unto them, Go, inquire of Baal-zebub the god of Ekron whether I shall recover of this disease.
    [3] But the angel of the LORD said to Elijah the Tishbite, Arise, go up to meet the messengers of the king of Samaria, and say unto them, Is it not because there is not a God in Israel, that ye go to inquire of Baal-zebub the god of Ekron?
    [4] Now therefore thus saith the LORD, Thou shalt not come down from that bed on which thou art gone up, but shalt surely die. And Elijah departed.

    Israel will do well,not to “suck up” to anyone, but instead to repent and return to its God.

  3. ***
    Neutrality at the time of “war”!
    “Une quadrature du cercle”!
    Israel position is the result of adopting capitalism and neither socialism nor communism!

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