Pompeo and Friedman in Kida
Pompeo and Friedman in Kidaspokesperson

Former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and former US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman paid a condolence visit to the family of Border Police officer Noam Raz in the town of Kida on Thursday.

Noam was killed during an exchange of gunfire with terrorists in Jenin last Friday.

Former Ambassador Friedman told the family that they had come to convey the message that the American people support the people of Israel and the State of Israel and that they felt the need to come and console them personally. "Noam was a hero, a righteous man, a great officer, a good father and a good husband," Friedman added.

Pompeo told the family that when he returns to the US he will tell the story of Noam and the story of the heroism of the State of Israel. He stressed that he would continue to support Israel in any situation in the future. The family showed the former Secretary of State a picture of Noam participating in a joint training exercise with American security forces.

Upon the conclusion of their visit to the Binyamin region, Pompeo said that "we will do whatever we can to formally recognize this young community and the recognition of Israeli sovereignty in Judea and Samaria, in order to continue the processes begun by the previous administration. This special place is an inseparable part of the Jewish people, living in its country.”

Former Ambassador Friedman said: “Our visit here is on behalf of all American who love the Jewish towns and communities and send their encouragement. Noam’s actions are worthy of our admiration and are an example of the many sacrifices he made for the sake of the Jewish People and the defense of his homeland.”