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Israeli Ambassador Danny Danon: Jewish State Optimistic With Trump

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Monday, 23 Jan 2017 02:41 PM

Israel is optimistic about its future relations with the United States under President Donald Trump, following its bumpy alliance with President Barack Obama, Danny Danon, the Jewish State's ambassador to the United Nations, tells Newsmax TV.

"We have a lot of things to discuss and we are looking to forward to working with the new administration," Danon said Monday to Steve Malzberg on "America Talks Live."

"Prime Minister Netanyahu will come to Washington D.C. in the beginning of next month to meet the president and to discuss with him all the issues that we have on the table."

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He said those issues include the future of the Iran nuclear deal, the possible move of American embassy to Jerusalem and the U.S. abstention last month from voting on U.N. Security Council resolution critical of Israeli settlement construction in land claimed by the Palestinians for a future state.

"We saw 80 senators, Democrats and Republicans, urging the previous president not to do it, to apply the veto and to support Israel. That is the policy of the U.S. and it didn't happen unfortunately," Danon said.

Of a proposed plan to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem — one that Arab and European officials warn could spark to violence and damage the standing of the U.S. in the Middle East — Danon, who previously served as Israeli deputy minister of defense, said it's a good idea.

"We want to see all of the embassies coming to Jerusalem. Jerusalem is the capital of Israel … There's no reason not to do it because when you look at the issues of Jerusalem no one will think that western Jerusalem will not be part of Jerusalem in the future," he told Malzberg.

"Even the Palestinians will admit that. If you don't put the embassy in eastern Jerusalem, I might won't like it but in the western part of Jerusalem there is no reason why not to do it."

"[Trump] made a very clear commitment during this campaign [to make the move]. I met with Trump in the past and I think that he will follow his commitment and will keep his commitment."

Danon said Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plans to meet leaders from the Middle East with the first issue being the Iran nuclear deal.

"We have a bad agreement that is not being enforced. I think the first thing that we really need to do is to enforce that agreement, to make sure that they comply with that agreement," Danon said.

As to whether the deal should be ended, Danon said, "I will leave it to the discussion between the prime minister and the president."

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