After months of behind-the-scenes bickering between the Obama administration and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu over their differences on an Iran deal, it seems like the two are restoring the relations between them.
Vice President Joe Biden, a potential 2016 candidate for the Democratic nomination, will attend an annual Israel Independence day celebration, hosted by Israel’s Ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer. The holiday marks Israel’s 67 years of independence.
The last time a high-profile appearance occurred, was in 2008 when then Vice President Dick Cheney appeared in honor of Israel’s marking 60 years of existence.
Biden, who hasn’t announced his 2016 plans yet, told Dermer last November “Ron, you gotta damn well report to Bibi that we are still buddies. You got it, right?” adding that he told Dermer to forward to Netanyahu the following message “Bibi, I don’t agree with a damn thing you say, but I love ya.”
Dermer, a persona non grata at the White House, according to data published by the U.S. government, was behind Netanyahu’s speech to Congress on an Iran deal, a speech that enraged many Democrats including the President.
In announcing Biden’s appearance, Dermer said that he’s looking forward “to having the opportunity to express Israel’s appreciation for the support that the Obama Administration has given to Israel over the past six years and to reaffirm the great friendship between Israel and the United States.”