Israel’s US envoy says Turkey, Qatar attempting to ‘ruin’ Saudi-US relationship

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Israel’s ambassador to the US Ron Dermer has criticized global double standards over the world’s outcry following the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

During a panel discussion, he also discussed Turkish and Qatari attempts at ruining Saudi Arabia’s relationship with the United States.

Dermer said: “It is hard for me to take seriously statements of outrage that (the murder) caused and the calls for a fundamental change to the relationship with Saudi Arabia, when (the same people) supported an agreement that gave an avowed enemy of the US hundreds of billions of dollars.”

He also addressed criticism of the US decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal and impose sanctions.

“If we are outraged by the murder of one, we should be five-hundred thousand times more outraged by the murder of five-hundred thousand,” he said, citing how the nuclear deal had “enabled” Bashar al-Assad to kill 500,000 innocent Syrians.

“Turkey and Qatar are pressing hard to ruin relationships with Saudi Arabia,” he said, criticizing Qatari-owned news channel Al Jazeera for spreading anti-American and anti-semitic messages.

Dermer said the US had to be careful about throwing away the important “strategic relationship” it has with Saudi Arabia, adding that the US and Iran share “no interests and no values.”

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