UPDATED 1:18 PM PT – Sunday, December 5, 2021
Newly-appointed U.S. Ambassador to Israel Thomas Nides delivered diplomatic credentials to the president of the Jewish State.
“My agenda as ambassador will be first and foremost to reinforce our unshakable and enduring commitment to Israel’s defense,” said Nides.
During the ceremony in Jerusalem on Sunday, the two officials discussed risks to regional stability posed by Iran and its nuclear aspirations. Nides said the U.S. would replenish the Iron Dome missile defense system and would cooperate with Israeli security forces.
During their meeting, the Israeli president also warned against restoring a nuclear deal with Iran.
“We are closely following the international community’s recent negotiations with Iran,” said President Isaac Herzog. “Israel is keeping all options on the table and it must be said that if the international community does not take a vigorous stance on this issue, Israel will do so. Israel will protect itself.”
— U.S. Embassy Jerusalem (@usembassyjlm) December 5, 2021
Meanwhile, the Biden administration has been advancing indirect talks with Iran in Vienna to restore the failed 2015 nuclear deal, despite opposition by Israel.