In an unusually frank look at the theology underpinning US policy in the
Middle East, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, during his visit to Israel
said he believes that it is “possible” that God sent President Trump to
Earth as a “savior” to protect Israel from Iran, adding “I am confident that the Lord is at work here.”
This is not the first time the Trump Administration has tried to pin a divine endorsement on Trump, with Press Secretary Sarah Sanders previously saying that God is the one who wanted Trump to be president in the first place.
Pompeo tried to compare Trump favorably with the biblical Queen Esther, a Persian imperial queen who convinces her husband to rescue the Jews from Haman. This comes amid Israel’s Purim holiday, commemorating exactly this religious event.
In further talks with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, Pompeo added that he believes the US has a “moral obligation” to ensure the security of Israel, and that the US acts “on a daily basis” on Israel’s behalf.
This suggests that the Trump Administration believes supporting Israel is effectively a religious duty, and furthermore that Trump has been appointed personally by God to enact his will, which is in some way hostile toward Iran. Fortunately, this appears to have been the exact policy Trump was inclined toward in the first place.
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