Tillerson Firing Benefits Israel
The abrupt firing of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and immediate nomination of CIA Director Mike Pompeo as his replacement is bad news for Iran. Prior to becoming the Director at the Agency, Congressman Pompeo was a staunch critic of the disastrous Iran Nuclear Deal, and on record identifying Iran as the world’s leading sponsor of terrorism, Tillerson advised Trump against the US leaving the JCPOA. Mr. Pompeo has a good relationship with PM Netanyahu and a pro-Israel voting record as a congressman. Hopefully this change at the top of Foggy Bottom means a change in the way the US deals with Lebanon, which has become Iran’s western outpost via Hezbollah. SoS Tillerson did not grasp that Lebanon’s government and the Lebanese Armed Forces are controlled by Hezbollah, which means Iran is on Israel’s doorstep. Mike Pompeo understands, and appreciates what that means.