TEL AVIV – Ron Dermer, Israel’s ambassador to the United States, on Thursday praised President-elect Donald Trump as a “true friend of Israel” and said he looks forward to working with incoming White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon.
“Israel has no doubt that President-elect Trump is a true friend of Israel,” Dermer stated. “We have no doubt that Vice-President-elect Mike Pence is a true friend of Israel, he was one of Israel’s greatest friends in the Congress, one of the most pro-Israel governors in the country, and we look forward to working with the Trump administration, with all of the members of the Trump administration, including Steve Bannon, and making the US-Israel alliance stronger than ever.”
Dermer was speaking to reporters at Trump Tower in New York, according to a press pool account.
Dermer spoke as the baseless charge of “anti-Semitism” against Bannon collapsed with the Anti-Defamation League conceding on Thursday that it is “not aware of any anti-Semitic statements made by Bannon himself.”
This after scores of Jewish and pro-Israel leaders spoke out in defense of Bannon, who has been described as a staunch supporter of the Jewish state. This reporter revealed on Wednesday night that Bannon encouraged Breitbart Jerusalem to cover stories exposing anti-Semitism and anti-Israel trends on U.S. college campuses, and that Bannon is particularly concerned about the movement to boycott Israel.
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