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Washington - Israel Ambassador David Friedman Doesn’t Speak For Us, State Dept. Says

Published on: September 29, 2017 03:17 PM
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US ambassador to Israel David Friedman speaks during the 16th anniversary memorial ceremony for the victims of 9/11attacks in a Memorial monument in Jerusalem Hills on September 11 2017. Photo by Matty Stern/U.S. Embassy Tel AvivUS ambassador to Israel David Friedman speaks during the 16th anniversary memorial ceremony for the victims of 9/11attacks in a Memorial monument in Jerusalem Hills on September 11 2017. Photo by Matty Stern/U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv

Washington - Israel Ambassador David Friedman’s comments on the West Bank and Israeli settlements do not indicate a change in U.S. policy, a State Department spokeswoman said.

Friedman told the Israeli news site Walla on Thursday that Israel was occupying only 2 percent of the West Bank, that the two-state solution “had lost its meaning” and that settlements are part of Israel. The statements depart from longstanding U.S. policy.

The U.S. has opposed settlement building, supported the establishment of a Palestinian state alongside Israel and brokered the 1993 Oslo Accords, under which Israel fully controls 60 percent of the West Bank. Settlement leaders say the physical footprint of settlements amounts to 2 percent of the territory’s land area.

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President Donald Trump has distanced himself from the policy of previous administrations and has yet to call for a Palestinian state. But on Friday, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert distanced the U.S. from Friedman’s comments.

“His comments – and I want to be crystal clear about this – should not be read as a way to prejudge the outcome of any negotiations that the U.S. would have with the Israelis and the Palestinians,” she said regarding Friedman. “It should also not indicate a shift in U.S. policy.”

When she was asked to clarify how much of the West Bank is occupied, Nauert said, “I don’t know that we have a map of that,” though countless maps of the territory are available.

Nauert said the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a priority for the Trump administration on par with the North Korean nuclear threat. She also reiterated the U.S. opposition to Interpol adding the State of Palestine as a member.

“The president has made that one of his top priorities,” she said. “And when we talk about top priorities here, we talk about the nuclear and ballistic missile threat of North Korea, but we also talk about this.”

Oded Revivi, the chief foreign envoy of the Yesha Council advocating for settlers, lauded Friedman “for using facts to describe the reality in Judea and Samaria.”

“For decades,” he said, “the international community has been eating up Palestinian propaganda without checking the reality on the ground.”



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 Sep 29, 2017 at 04:17 PM Anonymous Says:

David Friedman is inciting antisemitism and violence. Is he not afraid of a backlash? Hes actually placing Jews in danger. With such friends who needs enemies?

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 Sep 29, 2017 at 06:35 PM Esther Says:

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Anonymous Says:

David Friedman is inciting antisemitism and violence. Is he not afraid of a backlash? Hes actually placing Jews in danger. With such friends who needs enemies?

Now is your golden opportunity to do tshuvah!

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 Sep 29, 2017 at 10:41 PM PaulinSaudi Says:

Many people our President has appointed to important jobs seem a little out of their league.

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 Sep 30, 2017 at 08:48 PM Cancer upon Palestinians Says:

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Anonymous Says:

David Friedman is inciting antisemitism and violence. Is he not afraid of a backlash? Hes actually placing Jews in danger. With such friends who needs enemies?

Fake news . Lies . You are wrong.

David Friedman is promoting respect and saving lives . By finally standing strong and recognizing its legitimacy it takes away the rational to murder us . You see until David Friedman came along those filthy Muslim animals used the occupation as an excuse to kill us . And at no repercussions . After all the argument was even the USA does not see it as legitimate . By David finally recognizing it , there are no more excuses to kill us . Now they have no justIfication any more .

David keep up the good work . It's important to say the truth . Teach those blood sucking vultures a lesson

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 Sep 30, 2017 at 11:02 PM savtat Says:

David Friedman is the silver lining in this administration.

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 Oct 01, 2017 at 03:44 AM Anonymous Says:

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Cancer upon Palestinians Says:

Fake news . Lies . You are wrong.

David Friedman is promoting respect and saving lives . By finally standing strong and recognizing its legitimacy it takes away the rational to murder us . You see until David Friedman came along those filthy Muslim animals used the occupation as an excuse to kill us . And at no repercussions . After all the argument was even the USA does not see it as legitimate . By David finally recognizing it , there are no more excuses to kill us . Now they have no justIfication any more .

David keep up the good work . It's important to say the truth . Teach those blood sucking vultures a lesson

Wheres the ALS upon Muslims? U forgot? Cancer is enough for the new yr? Whatta shame!

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 Oct 01, 2017 at 03:47 AM Anonymous Says:

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Esther Says:

Now is your golden opportunity to do tshuvah!

Y? Cuz Im speaking of logic while ur emotions r being run over by filthy Zionism?? We all need Tchuva but not on this one. To incite violence is a terrible offence of our holy Torah if u know what that is. No sorry at all. Hashem forbids this kind of rhetoric. Go check it out.

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 Oct 01, 2017 at 10:15 AM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Y? Cuz Im speaking of logic while ur emotions r being run over by filthy Zionism?? We all need Tchuva but not on this one. To incite violence is a terrible offence of our holy Torah if u know what that is. No sorry at all. Hashem forbids this kind of rhetoric. Go check it out.

Filthy zionism exempts "torah' studying men to enjoy kupat cholim, protection by the IDF, . How many torah dispensing o Yeshivas are in in the filthy zionist state quite a lot. Before hoshana raba clear your filthy mind of all the sinas chinom you harbor. Maybe take a trip to visit the yad vashem. Such a heiliger Yidm like you how come you are online

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 Oct 01, 2017 at 11:15 AM Cancer Upon Palestinians Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Y? Cuz Im speaking of logic while ur emotions r being run over by filthy Zionism?? We all need Tchuva but not on this one. To incite violence is a terrible offence of our holy Torah if u know what that is. No sorry at all. Hashem forbids this kind of rhetoric. Go check it out.

Nothing to do with zionsim cut the nonsense.

Yes the Zionists are reshoim and bad people.
The question is now that the zionsits came already and those wild filthy muslims are on the loose and seeking our blood how to we contain them. You naively and stupidly think muslims are humans with sechel. And if we just pull out of settlements and with draw to pre 67 oh they will be happy. But thats not true. Those animals once unihinged and off thier leash will never be happy till moshich comes no matter what we give them. They are animals (pera adams). So the question is how to keep them from getting to strong and moving toward large jewish populations where they can wreck devastation.. And the answer is settlements. Nothing to do with zionsim

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 Oct 01, 2017 at 01:33 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

David Friedman is inciting antisemitism and violence. Is he not afraid of a backlash? Hes actually placing Jews in danger. With such friends who needs enemies?

Actually, with such "friends" as you and your other neturei karta filth, who needs enemies!

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 Oct 01, 2017 at 01:36 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Filthy zionism exempts "torah' studying men to enjoy kupat cholim, protection by the IDF, . How many torah dispensing o Yeshivas are in in the filthy zionist state quite a lot. Before hoshana raba clear your filthy mind of all the sinas chinom you harbor. Maybe take a trip to visit the yad vashem. Such a heiliger Yidm like you how come you are online

For someone citing sinas chinam, it's pretty strange how many times u use style word "filthy" about other Jews!

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 Oct 01, 2017 at 01:36 PM Anonymous Says:

You can be sure the wonderful David Friedman speaks with the permission of our great president! The state dept merely has to use the of lines to keep arab anger down!

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 Oct 01, 2017 at 01:34 PM Anonymous Says:

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PaulinSaudi Says:

Many people our President has appointed to important jobs seem a little out of their league.

Right, and I'm sure everyone Obama appointed united u just fine, riiiiiight? Surprise surprise! Sorry, sore loser, but there's new sheriff in town and we're loving it just fine! If you don't, you're welcome to stay in your beloved Saudi Arabia.

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