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The Trump administration could hold the keys to the future of US-Israel relations


The Trump administration could hold the keys to the future of US-Israel relations

WATCH | The future of U.S.-Israel relations might be forever changed by the incoming Trump administration. 

Friends or foes?

Relations between Israel and the Obama administration appeared to be going smoothly when the U.S. reportedly approved shipping long-sought bunker-buster bombs to Tel Aviv to help protect Israel from Iranian aggression. 

However, tensions between the two countries have grown in light of the Iran nuclear deal and the recent U.S. decision to abstain from vetoing a United Nations resolution condemning Israeli camps in eastern Jerusalem. 

Spending money wisely

Israel's ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer, told Circa in an exclusive interview that he believes that President-elect Donald Trump could make an early statement by withdrawing funds from the U.N. to punish the international organization for the recent vote. 

“I think it would be very good for the new administration to take a serious look at what they want to do with their money," said Dermer. 

A smoking gun

The ambassador also suggested that Israel might share evidence they've gathered that shows the Obama administration was more complicit in the creation of the resolution than it initially admitted. 

“It's sensitive. It's a matter between two governments. We're obviously not going to share it with the outgoing administration because they were behind it. But we will share it with the incoming administration."

NATO 2.0

But not everyone agrees that fully withdrawing funds from the U.N. is the right way to go. Some foreign policy analysts say Trump should consider NATO-like deal with Israel if they make peace with the Palestinians. 

“We don’t have the kind of commitment to Israel that we have with our NATO allies or to Japan and Korea and Australia for example. And one could imagine as part of a negotiated settlement providing that kind of treaty option,” said Brookings Institute senior fellow Michael O'Hanlon. 

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