On Tuesday, may 16, in Jerusalem a new U.S. Ambassador David Friedman presented his credentials to President of Israel Reuven Rivlin. The ceremony took place in the presidential office.
The head of state welcomed the American Ambassador and asked the United States and other countries to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish state. «Next week we will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem and finding us the right to pray at the wailing Wall, Rivlin said. – But Jerusalem is our capital not in the last 50 years, and since the time of King David».
Rivlin added that Israel looked forward to the visit of the President of the United States. «We look forward to working together in advancing the peace process and mutual understanding between Israel and the Palestinians,» said President Rivlin.
Ambassador David Friedman said: «I am deeply grateful to the President of the Trump for their confidence in me and for the unambiguous mandate that he has given me in regard to support of Israel. I believe it is extremely important the fact that Israel became the first international tour of the President.»
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 wrote in the newspaper