Greatest threat to both Israel and US is Iran, says Israeli president

At a ceremony in honor of the new US Ambassador to Israel, President Herzog expressed his wish to working together with Washington on this matter, but warned that should this fail – all options are on the table

Greatest threat to both Israel and US is Iran, says Israeli president

Left to right: US Ambassador Nides and Israeli President Herzog, Jerusalem. Photo by Kobi Gideon (GPO)

Israeli President Isaac Herzog received the credentials of the new Ambassador of the United States of America, H.E. Mr. Thomas R. Nides, at an official ceremony which took place yesterday (Sunday) at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem.

“The People of Israel welcome you with open arms and an open heart. For us, this is a celebration of a shared vision and common values: liberty and equality, freedom, human rights and friendship with our closest ally,” said Herzog.  

Herzog also lauded “President Biden’s warm remarks at the Chanukah candle lighting ceremony on Thursday at the White House, as he graciously welcomed Israel’s new Ambassador to the United States, my dear brother, Mike Herzog.

 “Far beyond the personal connection, this is heartwarming because it is a consistent display of President Biden’s longstanding, genuine friendship with Israel. I take this opportunity to express my deep gratitude to President Biden, for his tireless support and his uncompromising commitment to the ironclad relations between Israel and the United States.

 “An alliance which should always be above partisan politics, enjoying the support of all administrations. You should know, Mr. Ambassador, that for the people of Israel, this is meaningful beyond measure. I know how deeply you, Ambassador Nides, care about the US-Israel connection and intend to develop and deepen it throughout your term.

“Israel very much looks forward to working together in harmony and in full partnership. You are coming to a more hopeful region. The Abraham Accords are a real strategic and regional gamechanger. It is essential that we realize the potential of these historic accords alongside the United States of America.

“ Mr. Ambassador, without a doubt the greatest challenge Israel and the Unites States face is the common threat posed by Iran. We are closely following the international community’s recent negotiations with Iran. Israel will welcome a comprehensive, diplomatic solution which permanently solves the Iranian nuclear threat.

“In the case of a failure to achieve such solution, Israel is keeping all options on the table and it must be said that if the international community does not take a vigorous stance on this issue—Israel will do so. Israel will protect itself.

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