Wikileaks: US-Israel relations weathered 'rocky start'

December 20, 2010 14:26


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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyau's senior adviser Ron Dermer confirmed a solid US-Israeli relationship that weathered a "rocky start" following the transition to new administrations in both countries during a December 14 meeting in 2009, the latest US government cable released by WikiLeaks revealed Moday.

During the meeting with with Senate staff members Dermer argued that the international environment had changed in favor of pursuing a pressure track with Iran.

He also stressed that tougher sanctions combined with continued domestic pressure within Iran might bring about change in Teheran.

The prime minister's advisor expressed frustration with the peace process, noting that the government had taken steps in the effort to convince Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to return to the negotiating table to no avail.

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