Israel looks forward to working with Trump team, Dermer says– 'including Steve Bannon'

"Israel has no doubt that President-elect Trump is a true friend of Israel."

November 17, 2016 22:56
1 minute read.
Ron Dermer

Israel's Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


WASHINGTON – Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer said his government is convinced President-elect Donald Trump is a friend of Israel, and looks forward to working with his administration.

“Israel has no doubt that President-elect Trump is a true friend of Israel. 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,” Dermer said Thursday afternoon on a visit to the president-elect’s team at Trump Tower in New York.

Briefly addressing press stationed at the bottom of the president-elect’s namesake tower on Fifth Avenue, the Israeli envoy then touched on a controversy without prompting: Trump’s appointment of Stephen Bannon, head of the right-wing website, as chief White House strategist.

“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.”

Bannon has been the subject of criticism from Jewish groups for his ties to the altright movement, considered a modern-day home for white nationalist, ultra-nationalist and antisemitic individuals and organizations.

While the Anti-Defamation League, the American Jewish Committee and Jewish Democratic organizations have expressed concern with the appointment, some right-leaning Jewish groups have noted Breitbart’s consistently positive coverage of Israel and Bannon’s self-characterization as a Zionist.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

A GROUP of women partake in Yad La’isha’s annual ‘Women Moving Mountains’ hike in order to raise awa
March 20, 2019
‘No one should be an aguna for even a day’