Ambassadors Ron Dermer and Dan Shapiro have not had much to agree about these past few weeks. However, the two were in agreement over one thing: Cheering for the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl.
In a tongue-in-cheek Twitter remark, Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer said that he was supporting New England during the February 1 football championship.
Referring to the recent row over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s acceptance of an invitation to speak before Congress without consulting the White House, Dermer said that he would “break protocol” and side with the Patriots.
United States Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro, a Chicago native, jumped into the Super Bowl spirit shortly after Dermer’s remarks, tweeting his own support for the Patriots 46 minutes after his Israeli counterpart.
Shapiro, a graduate of both Harvard and Brandeis, both located in the Boston metropolitan area, asserted that he was still a Chicago fan but “[enjoys] seeing Boston teams do well,” aside from the Celtics, a historic NBA powerhouse.
Dermer, who was born and raised in Miami, later reached out to the American envoy, sympathizing with the lowly state of his team.
“As a [Miami] Dolphins fan, I feel your pain (including that Monday night loss in 1985). But got to love Bob Kraft,” Dermer wrote, perhaps letting go of the fact that the Dolphins and Patriots are fierce divisional rivals.
Robert Kraft, the Jewish-American owner of the Patriots, is a vocal supporter of Israel and financier of the Israeli Football League and the Kraft Family football field in Jerusalem.
Lamenting the lack of success the Miami Dolphins have had in recent years, Dermer used a Biblical reference to sulk over his team’s long draught without winning football’s ultimate trophy, tweeting, “Jews waited 40 years to get to the promised land. Dolphin fans, 41 and counting.”