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Pompeo to visit Israel in show of 'unwavering support, 2 weeks before election
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Mar 15, 2019 4:27 PM 1+ week ago

WASHINGTON -- US diplomatic chief Mike Pompeo travels next week to Israel, where he will meet Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a close ally of Donald Trump's administration in the midst of a heated re-election campaign.

The US secretary of state travels to the Middle East February 19-23, stopping first in Kuwait for talks before heading to Jerusalem and Beirut, his spokesman Robert Palladino said.

"The common thing in each of those places is helping those countries bolster their efforts to push back against the Islamic Republic of Iran," Pompeo told Fox News.

In Jerusalem, Pompeo "will reaffirm both privately and publicly during that visit our unwavering commitment to Israel's security and its right to self-defense," a senior State Department official said.

Earlier, Pompeo backed Israel's "right to protect its citizens," after the hit dozens of Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip in response to rockets from the Palestinian enclave fired at Tel Aviv.

"Once again, Israeli citizens are under attack ...

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