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Carson believes the United States relationship with Israel should be strengthened. He also believes the current administration does not see the relationship as important.
EVE HAROW: Let me ask you to delve maybe a little bit into politics. Are you happy with the relationship now that Israel and the United States have? Is there something that if you do throw your hat into the ring now that you’ve been here that you see perhaps needs a little bit of work or to repair even?
BEN CARSON: I think it needs a lot of work. I talked to a lot of Israeli citizens. I didn’t really find anybody who thought that it was a strong relationship. Most people feel that it has deteriorated significantly. And I think that the current administration is preoccupied with other things and does not see that as an important relationship. But the fact of the matter is when you look at the historical relationship between Israel and the United States and you recognize the mutual benefit of particularly in terms of shared technologies and the fact that it provides us with a reliable friend in a most dangerous part of the world. That is definitely something that should be maintained. It should be cultivated, should be strengthened to our mutual benefit.
HAROW: And I know that you understand how much Israelis love the United States and feel very close to everybody in the United States really.
CARSON: Absolutely. And Israelis should recognize that there are many people in the United States who are unhappy with the way that the relationship has been allowed to deteriorate.
HAROW: We’re hoping for a stronger relationship at some other point that’s for sure.