Tag: David Friedman

US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman decries J Street’s motto as ‘blasphemous’

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The U.S. ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, decried the phrase “pro-Israel, pro-peace” — a motto closely associated with J Street — as “blasphemous.”

“Pro-Israel and pro-peace sounds like a completely reasonable position,” Friedman said Tuesday addressing the annual policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. “My friends, it is not. Using that praise plainly implies that there are people who are pro-Israel and anti-peace.”

Friedman, formerly a lawyer for President Donald Trump, came under fire during his nomination process for having attacked liberal Jews, including his claim that J Street, the liberal…

US ambassador to Israel in twitter beef with Haaretz

(JTA) — The U.S. ambassador to Israel offered a rare rebuke of an Israeli media outlet.

David Friedman asked ‘Have they no decency?’ after a columnist for the left-wing Israeli paper Haaretz criticized a West Bank settlement just days after one of its residents was murdered.

Friedman’s tweet Friday apparently was in response to an essay the day before by Gideon Levy, in which the regular Haaretz columnist criticized the diplomat for his personal financial support for the West Bank Jewish settlement of Har Bracha. Describing  Har Bracha, which means “mountain of blessings,” as an Israeli land grab, Levy said…

US ambassador accuses unnamed Palestinian leaders of praising deadly stabbing attack

JERUSALEM (JTA) — U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman accused unnamed Palestinian leaders of praising a terror attack that left an Israeli father of four dead.

David Friedman did not say which Palestinian leaders he was referring to in the tweet on Tuesday morning, the day after the stabbing. No members of the Palestinian Authority leadership have praised the attack. A spokesman for Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, lauded the attack as “a continuation of the resistance to Trump’s Jerusalem declaration.”

Friedman’s tweet said: “20 years ago I gave an ambulance to Har Bracha hoping it would be…

Mike Pence says US Embassy will move to Jerusalem by end of next year

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Vice President Mike Pence said the U.S. Embassy would move to Jerusalem by no later than the end of next year during an address to Israel’s parliament.

In his address Monday, the first by a U.S. vice president to the Knesset, Pence also called the Iran nuclear deal a “disaster” and said “the United States of America will no longer certify this ill-conceived agreement.”

As he began to speak, Arab-Israeli lawmakers from the Joint Arab List party began waving signs protesting the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, leading to their expulsion from the Knesset…

Will Abbas’ explosive comments kill the peace process?

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Oslo Accords? “Killed,” the Palestinian Authority president says, blaming Israel.

The Israeli prime minister says the Palestinians are now “unmasked” — but naturally he blames the Palestinians.

Notably, the United States is silent.

The P.A. president, Mahmoud Abbas, delivered a rambling address of more than two hours this weekend to the Palestine Liberation Organization’s Central Council.

“Today is the day that the Oslo Accords end,” he said. “Israel killed them.”

Abbas blamed the restrictions under which his Palestinian Authority operates and what he regards as Israel’s unrestrained occupation activity.

“We are an authority without any…