The tarmac at Ben-Gurion airport had not seen such unrest for more than two months, when Israel closed its borders to foreigners. On Wednesday, the Hebrew state made an exception for the express visit (six hours, watch in hand) of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Jerusalem. Wearing a mask with the star-studded banner on the red carpet, the head of the American diplomacy and his team were exempted from the compulsory 14-day quarantine for all arrivals from a foreign country.
Having gone unnoticed in the United States, this first official visit since the start of the pandemic unleashed conjectures in Israel, even before Pompeo set foot in the country. Blessing of the annexation of part of the West Bank by one of the most fervent evangelists of the Trump administration, in continuation of his “vision” for the “Peace and prosperity” in the Middle East? Courtesy visit marking the final victory of Netanyahu after
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Guillaume Gendron correspondent in Tel Aviv