Israel’s US ambassador: No daylight between US & Israel

Israel’s Ambassador to the US told AIPAC there is a “meeting of the minds” between the governments of Netanyahu and Trump.  

Israel’s ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer celebrated “the first time in many years, perhaps even many decades, that there is no daylight” between the US and Israel, while addressing the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) annual conference on Sunday in Washington.

Dermer referred to commonly perceived threats to demonstrate the absence of daylight.

“During the visit of Prime Minister Netanyahu to Washington last month, it was clear there was a meeting of the minds between our two governments on the great strategic challenges facing us and that has made me even more confident our alliance will get considerably stronger in the years ahead,” Dermer said.

“Both our governments recognize that foremost among those challenges remains Iran,” he noted. “We both recognize the nuclear deal does not block Iran’s path to a bomb and that Iran’s appetite for aggression and terror has only grown since that deal was signed and since sanctions were removed.”

“We also both recognize the worst outcome that can emerge from the horrific carnage in Syria would be to effectively cede parts of Syria to Iran and Hezbollah,” he added.

The Trump administration made its objections to Iran’s increased regional aggression known, when its former national security adviser Michael Flynn put Iran on notice two weeks after President Donald Trump’s inauguration.

The Israeli ambassador also spoke of common US-Israeli goals presented by recent geopolitical developments in the Middle East.

“We both appreciate the rising tide of militant Islam, which has engulfed the Middle East, has also enabled a rare moment of opportunity to bring Israel and many in the Arab world closer together,” Dermer said.

In their February 15 meeting, Trump approved of Netanyahu’s suggestion of a regional approach towards solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, calling it a “terrific thing.”

By: Jonathan Benedek, World Israel News