Israeli President Shimon Peres reiterated the close relationship between the Jewish state and the US, despite pressures from the state department on issues like Iran and the Palestinian peace process.
“Our relationship with the USA is fundamental, not simple, not to be taken for granted,” Peres said Thursday evening.
“The relations between us have a deep history, President Truman recognized Israel 11 minutes after the declaration of independence. The support of the United States for Israel is unique. We are fortunate that America was, and remains, our friend and ally.”
The comments came in an address Peres made at the David Ben Gurion Award ceremony last week.
“There has not been an Israeli request which the Obama administration has not responded to, including casting a veto over the UN Security Council resolution on settlements despite the fact that the US does not consider the settlements legal.
“Nearly all our security requests were responded to positively. My friends, we must not underestimate the importance of this friendship. There can be disagreements, but they must be conducted with a view to the true depth of the situation. If we have disagreements we should voice them but we should remember that the Americans also know a thing or two, we are not the only ones.”
The remarks come after a week of media speculation that a rift bight be brewing between America and its strongest ally in the Middle East. Secretary of State John Kerry left Israel late last week after failing to sway Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on a sanctions deal with Iran to contain its nuclear proliferation.