Jarrett on Israel: ‘Friends Can Disagree’

By Jacqueline Klingebiel

Mar 28, 2010 9:46am

In an exclusive interview this morning on This Week, Valerie Jarrett, senior adviser to President Obama, said “The United States is a strong and ardent ally of Israel. The fact of the matter is that friends can disagree.”

“I think what’s important is that world leaders are able to sit down with one another, have frank conversations and move forward,” Jarrett told ABC News’ Jake Tapper. Following mounting tension between the US and Israel over Jewish settlements in Jerusalem, Obama held low-profile meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday, which many have labeled as a “snub.”

Jarrett said she didn’t think there “was any doubt in the mind” of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about President Obama’s “commitment to Israel and its safety and how important that is for the United States and for the region.”

Watch full exchange HERE:

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