Speaking to a group of evangelical Christian leaders who are close to President Trump, US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman was clear-eyed about the challenges both the US and Israel face after the historic opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem:
Overlooking the Western Wall and Temple Mount, on the rooftop of the Aish HaTorah Jewish learning center, Friedman thanked the faith leaders for their support and celebrated the move of the embassy, but cautioned, “Today is not a day to rest on laurels. We have a lot of work to do, and we are just getting started.”
Addressing the deaths of nearly 60 Palestinians who were killed by Israel Defense Forces while trying to breach the border fence between Gaza and Israel—what Israeli officials are saying was a cynical attempt to steal headlines from the embassy move—Friedman indicated that the embassy move has the potential to bring peace closer, as opposed to pushing the two sides farther away.
“We have been accused by many of being prejudiced against the Palestinians. We never have disputes with the Palestinian people. We only have disputes with Palestinian leaders,” stated Friedman.