US official: Israel’s Dermer not only ambassador in DC pushing policy against administration

WASHINGTON – US ambassador to Israel Ron Dermer has been “unusually vigorous” in outreach to the Hill, a senior US official said Monday, adding — however — that he is not the only ambassador working in Congress to advocate the policy of a foreign government that works against the US administration’s positions.

The official said the administration was not surprised by Dermer’s activity on the HIll, and that it is consistent with the approach Israel has taken on the deal.

“Every government has the right to advocate for its interests as it sees them,” he said. “Israel is not the only government to lobby Congress even against the administration.”  He said that it is not as if no other ambassadors in Washington do not work on Congress against various administration policies.


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