The UK Foreign Secretary failed to attend crucial discussions on Iran after leaving the Warsaw Summit early, sending a snub to American efforts to counter the Iranian threat.

US Vice President, Mike Pence, spoke Thursday accusing Britain, France and Germany of undermining US attempts efforts to pressure the Iranian regime, saying, “Sadly, some of our leading European partners have not been nearly as cooperative,” Pence said. “In fact, they have led the effort to create mechanisms to break up our sanctions.”

Sixty countries gathered in the Polish capital on Wednesday and Thursday, in a summit that was originally billed as a conference about Iran. However, it was subsequently broadened to include other Mideast issue to make it more palatable to some countries reluctant to attend.

UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt attended, but with the purpose of chairing a side-meeting on the situation in Yemen. It appears that the Foreign Secretary left after the discussions about Yemen before Thursday’s main events.

Germany and France only sent low-level diplomats, whilst the EU’s head of foreign policy, Federica Mogherini, refused to attend.

Pence called on the Europeans to follow Washington and exit the agreement: “The time has come for our European partners to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal and join with us.”

He said a new European scheme to trade with Iran, known as the Special Purpose Vehicle, was “an effort to break American sanctions against Iran’s murderous revolutionary regime”.

“It is an ill-advised step that will only strengthen Iran, weaken the EU and create still more distance between Europe and the United States,” he said.

Meanwhile, 11 Arab states joined the meeting along with Prime Minister Netanyahu meaning it was the first time since the early 90s that Israeli and Arab diplomats have officially sat to discuss regional security. Prime Minister Netanyahu called it a “historical turning point”.

The UK is supportive of the Iran Nuclear Deal that saw a lifting of imposed sanctions in 2015, but remains in the balance after the subsequent US withdrawal. But history will judge whether Britain stands aligned with Israel against the Iranian threat, or whether it will remain silent. Please pray that the UK will choose to rightly side with its strongest ally in the Middle East – Israel.

During the past two weeks marking Iran’s 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, the regime tested a cruise missile capable of reaching Israel and even eastern and southern Europe. Move these capabilities to Syria and the threat intensifies. Not only does Israel merit the UK’s support, but Israel is also Europe’s last line of defence to Iranian-backed terror.

On Monday, thousands of people rallied in Tehran chanting “Death to Israel”, “Death to America” and “Death to Britain”, whilst Iranian leaders repeated aggressive threats of Israel’s destruction.

One Iranian leader said they would raise Tel Aviv and Haifa to the ground if attacked by the US with another recently claiming Israel would be defeated “within three days”.

Israel will not allow that to happen. But where UK positions itself in this conflict is in Britain’s hands. That is why CUFI UK’s Operation Mordecai is essential for these times.

Like Mordecai of the Bible, we’ve heeded the warning, we’re seeking the Lord’s direction and we’re taking action.

The united voice of thousands of CUFI supporters in the UK is getting louder because of your support. And with your help we can be even more effective. Please see below for more about Operation Mordecai and how you can make a difference.