Amb. Dermer’s Rosh Hashanah Toast

SCENE LAST NIGHT: Approximately one hundred and fifty guests, including Jewish leaders, diplomats, journalists and members of Congress, gathered last night at the home of Israel’s Ambassador Ron Dermer and his wife Rhoda in Chevy Chase to toast the upcoming Jewish New Year. Dermer began by joking, “I hope you all had a more uneventful summer than I (laughter)… I could do boring for while. It’d be fine for me. But we are obviously meeting at a time when everyone is discussing the deal with Iran, a few of you raised it with me tonight not surprisingly, and I want to take this opportunity to let you know that Israel is opposed to the deal (laughter). I know that comment is going to set the entire twitter-sphere ablaze.”

“The right of Israel to convey its views about a deal with an Iranian regime that actively works and openly calls for our annihilation… should not be the subject of controversy. It should be self-evident. But to some, it’s not. Because while no one questions the right of the Ambassadors of the other P5+1 countries to meet with members of Congress and explain why they believe this is a good deal, some have questioned whether it is appropriate for Israel to make its case to those same members of Congress. That’s pretty disturbing. Because there is no country in the world that has a greater right than Israel to weigh in on this issue because there is no country in the world that has more at stake than Israel.”

“But regardless of where you stand on the nuclear deal with Iran, on this Rosh Hashana, let us all raise a glass and toast the fact that the Jewish people are voiceless no more. Israel has provided us with a shofar, with a sovereign voice among the nations. Israel will continue to blow that shofar with pride. And on this Rosh Hashana, let us also toast a privilege we all have – the privilege to live at a time when the Jewish people not only have a voice but when we also have the power and will to defend ourselves – a will that no deal and no force on earth will ever break.” [TranscriptAudio]

SPOTTED: (apologies in advance if we missed anyone) Rep. Eliot Engel, Sen. Norm Coleman, Rep. Henry Waxman, White House Jewish Liaison Matt Nosanchuk, White House receptionist (ROTUS) Leah Katz-Hernandez, Rabbi Levi Shemtov, Rabbi David Saperstein, Hudson’s Ken Weinstein, FDD’s Clifford May, Tip’s Josh Block, ZOA’s Mort Klein, B’nai B’rith’s Dan Mariaschin, OU’s Nathan Diament, JNF’s Russell F. Robinson, Andrea Mitchell, Jordana Cutler, Tom Allon, Ali Weinberg, Josh Rogin, Rosie Gray, Eli Lake, Michael Wilner, NCSJ’s Mark Levin, Yarden Golan, Michael Doran, David Makovsky, Jonny Fluger, Noah Pollak, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, Aaron Sagui, and IAC’s Miri Belsky.

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