UN Ambassador Samantha Power: U.S.-Israel Relationship "Transcends Politics, And It Always Will"

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SAMANTHA POWER, U.S. AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED NATIONS: Now, as a few of you may have heard, the Prime Minister of Israel is in town.

Rumor has it that he may be giving a couple speeches. You may also have heard, you may also have heard lately of tension in the relationship between the United States and Israel.

Let me today separate out a few different issues. Politics, policy, what the United States does each and every day to combat anti-Semitism around the world, and to fight attacks against Israel at the United Nations.

We believe firmly that israel's security and the U.S.-Israel partnership transcends politics, and it always will. That is a very important statement you all have made. It was the same bond that led President Truman to make the United States the first country to recognize Israel, 11 minutes after it declared its existence in 1948.

And it is why we have stood by Israel's side every minute since.

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