On Tuesday, may 16, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met in his office in Jerusalem with U.S. Ambassador David Friedman.
Benjamin Netanyahu, welcoming the new Ambassador, noted that he was aware that immediately after the arrival of David Friedman went to the Wailing Wall. The Prime Minister said that Israel appreciated the gesture. «This was a significant expression of solidarity. We look forward to the arrival of the President of the trump. We also want to work with You and with President trump in the name of strengthening our Union», — said the head of government.
Earlier Tuesday, David Friedman presented his credentials to President of Israel Reuven Rivlin. The ceremony took place in the presidential office.
The inauguration of the new U.S. Ambassador to Israel takes place amid a scandal that broke out yesterday in preparation for the visit of the President of the United States.
As previously reported, a conflict erupted during the visit of representatives of the United States and Israel in Jerusalem’s Old city. The staff of the American Consulate asked to leave by the representatives of Israel, saying that they do not recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Temple mount, including the area near the Wailing Wall. «This is not your area, that’s the West coast,» said the Americans.
According to the Second channel ITV, the representatives of the United States refused to coordinate with the Israelis the right lighting trump’s visit to the Western Wall, citing the fact that we are talking about the episode the official visit with a private nature. Writes Itamar Eichner in the newspaper «Yediot Ahronot», the representatives of Israel were shocked by this requirement of the Americans. «What you say is completely unacceptable, and we reject these allegations. We are talking about sacred for the Jews place which is part of sovereign Israeli territory.»
The representatives of Israel reported on the conflict in the office of the Prime Minister. A source in the office said: «We were shocked by the statement of representatives of the United States that the wailing Wall is supposedly in the West Bank. In Israel we are convinced that this statement contradicts the political line of the President of trump, which was reflected in his sharp objection to the controversial resolutions of the UN security Council. Israel asked the US for clarification on this issue».
May 16 Barak Ravid writes in ha’aretz that the official White house source called the words of American diplomats «do not reflect the position of the United States.»
«These statements, if made, has not received any endorsement in the White house do not reflect US policy and in no way reflect the views of the President trump,» reads the statement of the representative of the White house.