Dermer: Trump Peace Plan Will Take Israel's "Vital Interests" into Account

(Jewish Insider) Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer addressed a White House pre-Passover reception on Tuesday, saying, "A lot of people are concerned that the peace plan is going to be coming out soon. But I have to say, as Israel's ambassador, I am confident that this administration - given its support for Israel - will take Israel's vital concerns into account in any plan they will put forward." Dermer said that he's "optimistic" about the peace plan because "there is a real change in the Arab world" in their attitudes toward Israel "that some people haven't recognized." But "the Palestinians have to cross the Rubicon. It's going to be up to them." Dermer also thanked President Trump for giving Israel the backing "both in words and deeds" to defend itself from Iran in Syria. "You saw it in the decision recently by the U.S. that it would make it clear that it would stay in this important base within Syria, in al-Tanf," he said, and by Trump's recognition of Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

2019-04-17 00:00:00

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