How the Iran deal unexpectedly brought Israel and black lawmakers closer

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.


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