The chaos in the Middle East continues to spread, but Israel's one true ally is still standing with her, and against those who would do her harm. The Times of Israel reports that after the United Nations ruled that the U.S. should lift some sanctions against Iran, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the American withdrawal from a longtime accord, while also blasting Russia's sale of advanced weaponry to the Syrian Assad regime as a "very serious escalation":
“I’m announcing that the US is terminating the 1955 Treaty of Amity with Iran. This is a decision, frankly, that is 39 years overdue,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters, referring to the date of the 1979 Islamic revolution.
He said Iran’s claims under the treaty, which established economic relations and consular rights between the two nations, were “absurd.”
The UN’s top court ordered the US earlier in the day to lift sanctions on humanitarian goods for Iran in a ruling that was widely seen as a rebuke to President Donald Trump but which Pompeo described as a “defeat for Iran...”
Pompeo also told reporters that the Russian delivery this week of the S-300 air defense system to Syria was a “very serious escalation,” but refused to say if the US will respond to the move.
“Having the Russians deliver the S-300 into Syria presents greater risk to all of those in the affected areas, and to stability in the Middle East,” he said. “We consider this a very serious escalation...”