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US Ambassador to Israel: No Peace Process Without Washington

US Ambassador to Israel: No Peace Process Without Washington

Saturday, 30 December, 2017 - 07:45
David Friedman, confirmed as US Ambassador to Israel, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman has described some of the Palestinian rhetoric in response to President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as “ugly, needlessly provocative and antisemitic.”

Friedman, characterized the Palestinian reaction as “largely emotional,” according to The Jerusalem Post. He said they “unfortunately overreacted” because Trump made clear that the US was “not taking a position on any final-status issues, including the specific boundaries of the Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem.”

In light of the Palestinians now rejecting any US role in the peace process, Friedman said there will be no process without Washington’s involvement.

“There is no path around the United States,” he said. “Israel has made it clear that they will not engage under the sponsorship of any other nation. You cannot clap with one hand. Moreover, only the United States has the regional credibility to bring forward a historic peace agreement.”

The president’s Jerusalem steps – as well as the partial shutdown of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) mission in Washington, and the Taylor Force Act that, if it passes the Senate, will cut US funding to the Palestinian Authority – reflects the will of the American people, The Jerusalem Post quoted him as saying.

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