President Barack Obama on Friday said that the relationship between the U.S. and Israel is strong as ever, despite disagreements over the Iran nuclear deal. He announced that the two countries will work together on security and safety issues.
The Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu has been criticizing the Iran deal ever since it was agreed between the United States and five other global powers on the 14th of July of this year for lifting economic sanctions on Iran in exchange for the Iranians curbing their nuclear program. Israel had always been saying that Iran is making a nuclear bomb and will threaten to attack the region and destabilize the efforts of the U.S.-led coalition to bring democracy to the Arab countries.
Jewish Democrats in Congress have come in support to Israel with announcing that they will vote to reject the deal in early September after the Congressional recess. President Obama and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, as well as Vice President Joe Biden have been urging democrats and independents to support the deal that has fallen into disapproval by the Republican led Congress.
Republicans have been saying that Democrats have betrayed Israel with signing this deal and are unpatriotic and un-American. The sentiment is mutual, with Democrats saying that Republicans are taking a very conservative, hawkish and pro-interventionist stance, where only diplomacy will help create stability in the region. Neoconservative Republicans have even brought Netanyahu in front of Congress much to the opposition of the Democrats and the administration.
According to Reuters, President Obama while on a webcast for the international nuclear agreement, said that there have been efforts to make closer ties with Israel for months now and has stated that “As soon as this particular debate is over, my hope is that the Israeli government will immediately wan to rejoin conversations that we started long before about how we can continue to improve and enhance Israel’s security in a very troubled neighborhood.” He also added “Everybody keep in mind that we’re all pro-Israel … We have to make sure that we don’t impugn people’s motives even as we have what is a very serious debate.” He reassured the Jewish Community that the American commitment to Israel is “sacrosanct and it is non-partisan.”
The nuclear deal with Iran if succeeds will remain a legacy of the Obama administration in making the first steps into taking a more diplomatic approach towards the region and at the same time the administration is achieving a lasting effect in the bilateral ties between Israel and America.