US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has mentioned it’s “doable” that President Donald Trump was despatched by God to save lots of Israel from Iran.
In an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Community throughout a high-profile journey to Israel, he mentioned it was his religion that made him consider that.
He additionally praised US efforts to “guarantee that this democracy within the Center East, that this Jewish state, stays”.
The feedback got here on a Jewish vacation celebrating rescue from genocide.
The vacation, Purim, commemorates the biblical rescue of the Jewish individuals by Queen Esther from the Persians, because the interviewer famous to Mr Pompeo.
He was requested if “President Trump proper now has been kind of raised for such a time as this, similar to Queen Esther, to assist save the Jewish individuals from an Iranian menace”.
“As a Christian, I actually consider that is doable,” mentioned Mr Pompeo, a former Kansas senator and CIA director.
“I’m assured that the Lord is at work right here,” he added.
Mr Pompeo will not be the primary Trump official to counsel a divine will behind Mr Trump’s actions: In January, White Home press secretary Sarah Sanders instructed a non secular tv community that God “wished Donald Trump to turn out to be president”.
Vice-President Mike Pence and former Legal professional Normal Jeff Periods have additionally referenced Christianity or bible verses in official remarks.
His administration can also be the primary in 100 years to have a Cabinet member bible study group – of which Mr Pompeo was a member.
Since turning into president, Mr Trump has sought a hard-line stance towards Iran.
In Could 2018, Mr Trump withdrew the US from the Joint Complete Plan of Motion nuclear deal, calling it “a horrible one-sided deal”.
On Friday, his administration imposed new sanctions on 14 people and 17 organisations allegedly concerned with Iran’s nuclear programme, claiming Iran wouldn’t reply questions on its weapons and analysis.
The brand new sanctions have barred these people and organisations from accessing the US monetary system or any US property.
And the specter of secondary US sanctions additionally discourages different international locations from doing enterprise with the focused entities, making them “radioactive internationally”.
Additionally on Thursday, Mr Trump introduced a change in US coverage towards the Golan Heights, saying that the territory Israel has occupied from Syria since 1967 ought to be recognised as a part of Israel.
Throughout Mr Pompeo’s tour of the Center East, he got here below fireplace for holding a convention name and solely inviting “faith-based” members of the media to affix.
In latest days, Mr Trump has accused his Democratic rivals of being “anti-Israel” and “anti-Jewish”.
The president is because of meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu subsequent week, when he’s in Washington to attend the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (Aipac) annual assembly.
The remarks by Mr Pompeo, and the Golan announcement by Mr Trump, come simply weeks earlier than Israeli elections are held on 9 April.