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November 18, 2016 10:21 am

Israeli Envoy Ron Dermer Calls Trump and Pence ‘True Friends of Israel’ After Meeting

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

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

JNS.org — Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer said he looks forward to working with the entire Trump administration on strengthening the US-Israel alliance, after meeting Thursday with the president-elect at Trump Tower in New York City.

“Israel has no doubt that President-elect Trump is a true friend of Israel,” Dermer told reporters after the meeting.

He also said that Vice President-elect Michael Pence “was one of Israel’s greatest friends in the Congress, one of the most pro-Israel governors in the country.”

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Dermer added that he hopes to work closely with Steve Bannon, who has been named Trump’s chief strategist, a role equal to that of chief of staff.

Bannon’s detractors have accused him of fostering antisemitism and white nationalism on his Breitbart News website. Some Jewish groups softened their stance on the issue Thursday, after the Anti-Defamation League said it is “not aware of any anti-Semitic statements made by Bannon.”

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