Dermer Says He’s Looking Forward to Working with Bannon
Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer pledged to work with newly-appointed WH chief strategist Steve Bannon, despite the opposition from major Jewish organizations, after a meeting President-elect Donald Trump’s team in New York on Thursday.
“We look forward to working with the Trump administration — with all of the members of the Trump administration including Steve Bannon and making the U.S.-Israel alliance stronger than ever,” Dermer told reporters at Trump Tower.
According to the Israeli Ambassador, “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’s one of Israel’s greatest friends in the Congress, one of the most pro-Israel governors in the country.”
The Anti-Defamation League criticized the appointment of Bannon as chief advisor to the next president, calling him “hostile to core American values” for condoning anti-Semitism as the head of Breitbart.com.
Bannon is being backed by the Zionist Organization of America and is expected to attend ZOA’s Louis Brandeis award dinner on Sunday. Honorees at the dinner include Sheldon and Miriam Adelson, Ambassador Danny Danon, Prof. Alan Dershowitz, Rep. Ed Royce, and Mort Zuckerman. Dermer is not listed as a speaker on the invitation but has attended the dinner in past years.