Tag: David Friedman

Trump to meet with US ambassador to Israel over Temple Mount crisis

(JTA) — President Donald Trump will meet with the U.S. ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, in Washington, D.C., to discuss the Temple Mount crisis.

The meeting is scheduled for late Monday morning, Haaretz reported. An unnamed White House official told the Israeli newspaper that Friedman was coming to Washington this week “as part of a long-planned trip.”

“In addition to a variety of meetings, he will be meeting with the president, Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt tomorrow to discuss the events that transpired in the region over the past two weeks where tensions have recently lowered,” the official told…

US ambassador to Israel sits in on special envoy’s meeting with Palestinians, marking a policy shift

(JTA) — The State Department characterized the inclusion of the U.S. ambassador to Israel in meetings with Palestinian officials as an “upgrading” in relations.

David Friedman joined Jason Greenblatt, President Donald Trump’s special envoy to the Middle East, at a meeting Tuesday with Palestinian officials in Jerusalem. The Palestinian peace negotiators reportedly requested that the meeting be held in Jerusalem because they did not want Friedman, a supporter of Israeli settlements and the U.S. official tapped to deal with Israel, to come to Ramallah, the capital of the Palestinian Authority.

Including Friedman marks a shift in U.S. policy in…

Trump envoy Jason Greenblatt meets with families of Israelis held in Gaza

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Jason Greenblatt, President Donald Trump’s special envoy to the Middle East, met with the families of Israelis believed to be held by Hamas in Gaza.

Greenblatt, who arrived in Israel this week, met Monday evening with the families of Avera Mengistu and Hisham al-Sayed to discuss the situation of the two men, a statement from the White House said. The family of Jumaa Abu Ghanima, was unable to attend the meeting.

Greenblatt “expressed outrage that Hamas has not allowed the Israelis, some of whom may need medical assistance, to communicate with their families and return home,” according…

US envoy David Greenblatt to meet with Ambassador David Friedman in Israel

(JTA) — Jason Greenblatt, President Donald Trump’s special envoy to the Middle East, is returning to Israel.

Greenblatt was scheduled to leave the United States for Israel Sunday evening, according to a White House official. The official said Greenblatt is heading to Israel to meet with U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman.

“While the primary purpose of his trip is to meet with the ambassador now that the ambassador is on the ground and fully installed in his position, Greenblatt will also likely be taking meetings relevant to both the Israelis and the Palestinians,” the official said, calling the…

Netanyahu counsels ‘patience and perseverance’ in Western Wall controversy

(JTA) — Speaking at a July 4 celebration, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he was committed to making “every Jew feel at home” at the Western Wall.

“I remain committed to making every Jew at home in Israel, including at the Kotel,” Netanyahu said Monday at July 4 celebrations at the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv, using the Hebrew term for one of the holiest sites in Judaism. “All we need is patience and perseverance.”

Netanyahu drew strong condemnations last week from the American Jewish leadership for freezing, after pressure from Haredi Orthodox parties, a government…