In Hanukkah greeting, U.S. Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, rejected the U.N. General Assembly’s [non-binding] resolution denying the Jewish State’s claim to the ancient holy city.
• Envoy tweets: “The U.N. can’t vote away the facts: Jerusalem is the ancient & modern capital of Israel.”
• President Trump pledges further support for the Jewish community.
By Israel Hayom Staff
U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman lambasted the United Nations on Monday over its anti-Israel bias, using the occasion of Hanukkah to highlight Israel’s legitimate claim to Jerusalem.
Friedman, the first U.S. envoy to serve in the recently opened embassy in Jerusalem, tweeted: “More than 2,000 years ago, Jewish patriots (Maccabees) captured Jerusalem, purified the Holy Temple and rededicated it as a house of Jewish worship. Continue Reading »
Palestinian autocrat Mahmoud Abbas’s Information Ministry published a report calling for the American ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, to be added to a “global terror list”.
– Dep. Minister Michael Oren suggests the U.S. deport their PA envoy, after Abbas’ government called for Ambassador Friedman to be labelled a ‘terrorist’.
By David Rosenberg
The Palestinian Authority has called for the American ambassador to Israel to be placed on an international terror watch list, days after PA chief Mahmoud Abbas called the ambassador a “son of a dog”.
PA officials ramped up their rhetoric against US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman on Thursday, with the PA’s Information Ministry publishing a report calling for Friedman to be added to a “global terror list”. Continue Reading »
White House responds forceable to PA autocrat Mahmoud Abbas’ latest insults, saying time has come to choose between hate and peace, says Jason Greenblatt, President Trump’s special representative for international negotiations.
By MICHAEL WILNER
WASHINGTON — The White House forcefully pushed back on Monday night against a fresh round of insults from Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas hurled at a senior member of the Trump administration, after remaining quiet for months through his attacks following their decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Since that December policy move, Abbas and his aides have repeatedly attacked President Donald Trump and his senior staff. Continue Reading »
Speaking in Ramallah on Monday, Mahmoud Abbas delved into an open anti-Semitic rant, including calling the US Ambassador to Israel a ‘son of a dog,’ then also blasts his Islamist rival, Hamas, as responsible for last week’s assassination attempt that targeted his Prime Minister.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas branded Donald Trump’s envoy to Israel David Friedman a “son of a dog” on Monday in a fiery speech that also blamed Hamas for trying to kill the Palestinian prime minister.
US Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman – Facebook/J’Post
Abbas said Friedman, who has frequently been critical of the PA, was a “settler” and a “son of a dog,” a turn of phrase that was bleeped out during his televised address. Continue Reading »
President Trump’s Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, reportedly calls on the State Department to stop referring to Judea and Samaria [West Bank] as ‘occupied’ territory.
By Gary Willig
US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman recently asked the State Department to cease using the term ‘occupation’ to describe Israel’s presence in Judea, Samaria, and eastern Jerusalem, according a report by Kan, the Israel Broadcasting Corporation.
According to the report, the State Department objected to the request, but eventually agreed to discuss the matter.
Ambassador David Friedman – Photo: Arutz Sheva
Ambassador Friedman described Judea and Samaria as being under an “alleged occupation” in an interview with the Jerusalem Post in September. Continue Reading »
Watch Ambassador David Friedman’s speech at the ZOA annual event in NYC, where he calls the Obama administration the ‘dark days’ for Israel, with their ultimate betrayal of Israel at the UNSC, but says President Trump ‘treats Israel like an ally’ and ‘moving the US embassy to Jerusalem is a matter of when, not if.’
– Watch Steve Bannon: ‘Trump is Israel’s best friend since Ronald Reagan.’
By Hezki Baruch
US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman lauded the Trump administration and its handling of the US-Israel relationship, while slamming President Obama over his administration’s tacit support for an anti-Israel resolution passed by the United Nations Security Council. Continue Reading »
US President Donald Trump’s Middle East Envoy Greenblatt and senior advisor Jared Kushner should arrive in Israel Monday, hoping to relax tensions over Temple Mount’s newly established counter-terrorism security measures.
– WATCH Video
Jared Kusher—US President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor—is leading American efforts at deescalating the Temple Mount crisis surrounding the installation of metal detectors, according to a senior administration official on Sunday.
The official said that Kushner is working with Israel, the Palestinians and Jordan in an effort to solve the current calamity together with Trump emissary Jason Greenblatt and Ambassador David Friedman.
Accompanied by US Israel Envoy David Friedman, Trump’s special advisor and son-in-law Jared Kushner arrives in Israel to restart fresh peace initiative between Israel and the Palestinians, but first goes to family of Hadas Malka who was murdered in Jerusalem terror attack, with a special message from President Trump.
– Clip of Netanyahu greeting Jared Kushner and entourage.
One of President Donald Trump’s top Middle East advisors and son-in-law Jared Kushner touched down in Israel on Wednesday morning before paying a visit to the family of 23-year-old MSG. Hadas Malka, who was murdered last Friday in a combined shooting and stabbing terror attack in Jerusalem’s Old City.While Kushner arrived in Israel in a bid to restart a new peace initiative and negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians under the direction of the new administration, he immediately paid the visit to the Malka family in Givat Ezer as they continue to mourn their fallen daughter. Continue Reading »
David Friedman, the new US Ambassador to Israel, speaks about Donald Trump’s position on the Western Wall, Jonathan Pollard, and the eventual relocation of the US Embassy to Jerusalem.
By Arutz Sheva Staff
In an interview with the Israel Hayom newspaper, US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman spoke about the Trump administration’s stance on moving the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
“I know that US President Donald Trump is speaking with all relevant parties on the matter before he makes his final decision,” Friedman said. “This is his decision and I will let him speak for himself, when he deems the time right.”
US Ambassador David Friedman’s first stop on the job in Israel was the Western Wall – Facebook screenshot
“I told him of my opinion, but mine is one of many. Continue Reading »
US Ambassador David Friedman, a practicing Orthodox Jew, drove to Jerusalem’s Old City with his wife & daughter, straight after his arrival at Ben-Gurion International Airport.
By TOVAH LAZAROFF
US Ambassador David Friedman’s first stop on the job in Israel was the Western Wall, where a simple prayer at the Biblical site, turned into a lager diplomatic statement.
US Ambassador David Friedman, with wife & daughter at the Western Wall – Facebook screenshot
Friedman, who is a practicing Orthodox Jew, headed to Jerusalem’s Old City right after he landed at Ben-Gurion International Airport.
“It was a long trip. We are a bit tired, but we wanted to come straight to the holiest place in the entire Jewish world, the Western Wall, straight from the airport” he said. Continue Reading »
Israel bureau chief for Reuters criticized the new US Ambassador on Twitter for announcing his arrival in Israel to begin working on May 15th, or as biased reporter pointed out, ‘Nakba Day’.
By David Rosenberg
Newly-appointed US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman is set to arrive in Israel next Monday, beginning his service in the Jewish state a week ahead of President Trump’s first visit to Israel since taking office in January.
On Tuesday, a Twitter account in Friedman’s name confirmed that he would be heading to Israel on May 15th.
“I am arriving in Israel on May 15 to represent the United States as Ambassador to Israel. Continue Reading »
As the Trump administration continues to mull over its embassy move, it appears Ambassador Friedman will be working and entertaining official guests in the Jewish capital, not the US Embassy in Tel Aviv has been customary.
By Orly Harari
As the Trump administration continues to weigh a possible move of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to the Israeli capital of Jerusalem, newly-sworn in Ambassador to Israel David Friedman is settling into his new job – and looking for a new house.
While the Ambassador already owns a private residence in Jerusalem’s Talbiya neighborhood, State Department officials ruled out his request to work out of the home, saying that it does not meet the logistical requirements necessary for the Ambassador’s office or residence, where foreign officials are received for official events. Continue Reading »
Friedman who was confirmed along party lines is known for his inflammatory language against those with whom he had political disagreements, such as describing former President Obama an anti-Semite.
The US Senate on Thursday narrowly confirmed President Donald Trump’s nominee for ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, a bankruptcy lawyer aligned with the Israeli right.
The vote was 52 to 46, almost exclusively along party lines.
Only two Democrats, Senators Robert Menendez and Joe Manchin, joined Trump’s fellow Republicans in backing Friedman.
David Friedman and Samaria Regional Council head Yossi Dagan – Photo: Trump Campaign in Israel
That amount of opposition is highly unusual for a nominee for US ambassador to Israel, a close ally of the United States. Continue Reading »
Jason Greenblatt, US President’s special representative for int’l negotiations was Donald Trump’s business real estate lawyer & closest advisor for over the past 20 years, is scheduled to meet with PM Netanyahu in Jerusalem, and then with autocrat Abbas in Ramallah.
By HERB KEINON
Jason Greenblatt, US President Donald Trump’s special representative for international negotiations, is scheduled to arrive in Israel on Monday, three days after Trump’s phone call with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas about ways to advance the Middle East diplomatic process.
Greenblatt is scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, and with Abbas in Ramallah. Continue Reading »