Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told the Christian Broadcasting Network that he believes it's absolutely possible that God hand-picked President Donald Trump to protect Jewish people from Iranian aggression.
Pompeo did not address Trump's support of Israel's claim to sovereignty over the Golan in the CBN interview, but he noted that his Christian faith has significantly influenced his actions and remarks - from his service in the army, as a congressman, then as the director of the Central Intelligence Agency and now through his tenure as secretary of state.
Mentioning Queen Esther, who according to Jewish scripture convinced the king of Persia not to massacre the Jewish people, CBN's Middle East bureau chief, Chris Mitchell, asked Pompeo whether there were similarities between her and Trump. This comes amid Israel's Purim holiday, commemorating exactly this religious event.
On Thursday, President Donald Trump abruptly declared the US will recognize Israel's sovereignty over the disputed Golan Heights, a major shift in American policy that gives Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a political boost a month before what is expected to be a close election.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said Trump's statement has brought the region to the edge of a new crisis. Fortunately, this appears to have been the exact policy Trump was inclined toward in the first place.
Following Trump's tweet, Secretary Pompeo called the decision bold and said: "The people of Israel should know that the battles they fought and the lives they lost on that very ground were important and worthy".
In response, Mike Pompeo boldly declares, "as a Christian, I certainly believe that's possible".
The remarks came shortly after Trump announced that the United States will recognize Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights, overturning longstanding United States policy toward the area, which was seized from Syria during the Six-Day War in 1967.
On March 21, the president announced that it was time to back Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights that Israel seized from Syria in 1967.
Pompeo was in Israel to discuss regional threats - Iran in particular. Later that year, Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital, but stressed that he was not taking a position on the "specific boundaries of the Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem, or the resolution of contested borders".
Pompeo told CBN News the USA wants the deal to improve the entire region.
In a joint press conference with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Thursday, Pompeo said, "Israel has no better friend than the United States". "Thank you President Trump!"
The Old City is home to the Western Wall and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, where tradition says Jesus was entombed and resurrected.
"If continued, it will be the classical recipe for conflict between Palestinians and Israelis for another century", he said.