Ron Dermer, Israel’s ambassador to the United States, marked Black History Month by highlighting an unexpected byproduct of the Iran nuclear deal: his closer ties with the Congressional Black Caucus.
Last year, Democrats were of course generally consternated that Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu were arguing over the deal – with the president pushing hard for it and the prime minister pushing back. But black lawmakers further saw Netanyahu’s speech to Congress in March as a slight of the first black president.
Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-NY, told me at the time how impressed he was with Dermer’s outreach. But I didn’t realize until the Israeli Embassy’s Black History Month event Wednesday evening at the Capitol how intensely the ambassador sought to sustain the black-Israel relationship.