U.S.-Israel Relations Have Never Been Better Than Under Trump, Ambassador Dermer Says

Dermer says Arab countries support Trump decertifying the Iran deal, and 'when Israel and the Arab states are on the same page that should tell you something'

U.S. President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shake hands after delivering a speech at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, May 23, 2017.

WASHINGTON – Israel’s Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer said on Wednesday that relations between the U.S. and Israel "have never been better than they are right now under President Trump."

Dermer made the comment following Trump's decision last week to decertify the Iran nuclear deal, a move that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described as “courageous.”

Speaking with Circa News, an outlet owned by the right-wing, pro-Trump Sinclair Corporation, Dermer stated that Arab countries in the Middle East, such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, also support Trump's policy on Iran, adding that, “when Israel and the Arab states are on the same page that should tell you something.”

Trump triggered a legislative review by Congress on Friday by refusing to declare Iran in compliance with the 2015 deal between six world powers, including the United States, and Iran, which trades sanctions relief for a rollback of Iran’s nuclear program. Trump said in a White House speech on Friday that he would pull the United States out of the deal if he was not happy with the result.

Netanyahu praised Trump’s decision during an interview with John Dickerson on CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday morning. “It’s a very brave decision, and I think it’s the right decision for the world,” Netanyahu told Dickerson.

“I think that right now the deal as it stands guarantees that Iran will have not a single nuclear bomb but an entire nuclear arsenal within 10 years. And I think the president was very courageous in saying, ‘I’m not going to kick this can down the road. I’m not going to say, Well, it’s going to be on somebody else’s watch. I’m going to stop this from happening,’” Netanyahu said.

Earlier this year at the annual AIPAC conference, Dermer said that following Trump's election victory in 2016, “when it comes to the great challenges facing Israel and the United States, for the first time in many years, perhaps even many decades, there is no daylight between our two governments.” 

The statement suggested that Israel has a closer relationship with the Trump Administration than with any previous one, including administrations that were popular in Israel, such as George W. Bush’s.