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February 24, 2016 4:09 pm

Israel’s US Ambassador: Netanyahu-Obama Relations ‘Good, Given the Circumstances’

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Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer. He said said he believes the relationship between Israel and the US is as strong as ever. Photo: Screenshot.

Israeli Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer. Photo: Screenshot.

JNS.org – Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer said he believes the relationship between the two nations is as strong as ever despite the history of tension between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Barack Obama.

“Of course, we have differences of opinion with regard to peace with the Palestinians and the Iran nuclear deal. But ultimately, I believe the relationship between America and Israel is strong enough to weather any such differences of opinion,” Dermer told an audience of 800 people at the Media Leadership Dinner of the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) International Christian Media Convention.

The American-born Dermer was confirmed as ambassador in July 2013, replacing former envoy Michael Oren, who also born in the US While he remains critical of the Obama administration-brokered Iran nuclear deal as well as the administration’s support for a Palestinian state, Dermer denied any rupture in relations between the two leaders.

“The current status [between the Netanyahu and Obama administrations] has been good, given the circumstances,” said Dermer.

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The Israeli ambassador spoke of the greater danger that Iran poses due to the recent lifting of sanctions against the Islamic Republic by the US and other world powers.

“Not many people know this: In the last few years, Iran has perpetrated terror attacks in 25 countries on five continents. An Iran free of sanctions will be far richer and more dangerous to Israel, to the region and to the world,” said Dermer.

“Our main concern [with the nuclear agreement] was, and still remains, not that Iran is going to violate the deal and get to the bomb, but that they can get to the bomb by keeping the deal,” he added. “I am very proud that my prime minister made that case, and I think that history will judge him very kindly for having done so.”

Besides his criticism of the Obama administration’s nuclear deal, Dermer has not shied away from publicizing other political disagreements with the administration, including on Obama’s position regarding Jewish communities in the disputed territories. In a move that targeted the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel, Dermer last December sent products made in Judea, Samaria and the Golan Heights as holiday gifts.

NRB is a non-partisan, international association of evangelical Christian communicators who come together “to spread the life-changing Truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ through every electronic medium available,” the group’s website says.

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  • Jonah

    History will judge him very kindly? He is being judged very kindly now and will go down in the annuals of history as the first person to speak the unadulterated truth in the congressional halls since the Obama era. Let’s sop trying to be politically correct and speak the absolute truth about Bebe’s appearance before the congress. The speaker of the house, Bainer, was making a last desperate attempt to save America with the only person in the world that could come before them and speak the truth. What Israel should be focusing on is America is about to start a limited war with Russia and they would rather have Israel throw the first stone rather than the Saudis who are our administrations Islamic brothers. Israels only participation in this up an coming war is to protect her borders. Period, period.. Our administration must start a war because they fear Trump may win the election. They will start Armegeddon before they allow him to get in office. Trump has said he will stop immigration of Muslims to America until he can separate the jihadists from the peaceful ones and we all know that is a firmidable task. Therefore we must have a war. Now America unlike China and Russia, according to scripture has a president who wants to enable its destruction. You know, the destruction of the great Satan and the little Satan, that’s not just talk it’s a reality….people such as McCain and Lindsey cannot seem to grasp. Why? ..because they do not read their bibles and think their is a political military solution to everything. In the nutshell America will be drawn into a war with Russia full well knowing that it will lead to the undoing of America…Rev. 18. Obama will go on to the U.N. And continue his Muslim crusade to Israel as the leader of the international community but he will not lead the kings of the north and the east around with rings in their noses. They will be a continual thorn in his side until the return of the messia at the battle of Armegeddon.

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