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New US ambassador presents his credentials in Jerusalem
US Ambassador Tom Nides presents President Isaac Herzog with his credentials at the President’s residence in Jerusalem.
Herzog thanks US President Joe Biden for his “longstanding genuine friendship with Israel”.
“You are coming to a more hopeful region,” says Herzog, saying that the full potential of the Abrahamic Agreement must be realized.
Herzog also says: “Israel will welcome a comprehensive, diplomatic solution that permanently solves the nuclear threat posed by Iran.”
“If such a solution does not come about, Israel has all options on the table,” added Herzog, “and it must be said that Israel will do so if the international community does not take a firm stand on this issue.” Israel will protect itself. “
Nides says the two countries will work closely together to counter the threat Iran poses to Israel and the region and that the US will not allow Iran to obtain a nuclear weapon.
He also says that the US will support Israel’s agreements with Arab countries, but that it cannot serve as a substitute for a peace process with the Palestinians.
Nides also says he will work to get Israel to join the US visa waiver program.
“I will oppose all efforts to isolate and delegitimize Israel internationally,” promises Nides in a resolute rejection of BDS.
“Chag same’ach and todah raba,” he concludes in Hebrew.
Nides’ Hebrew school teacher from Duluth, Minnesota, is present as a surprise for Nides. After their private meeting, Nides and Herzog will light the candles for the 8th Hanukkah night together.