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Israeli envoy: Netanyahu-Obama relations are ‘good, given the circumstances’

By Bradley Martin, Originally posted in JNS

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 U.S. 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.

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

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