US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman presents credentials to Rivlin

Less than a day after the diplomatic incident between Israeli and American representatives surrounding US President Donald Trump’s planned visit to the Western Wall, US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman officially took up his post.
US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman at the Western Wall Photo Credit: Hillel Meir/TPS

This morning (Tuesday), the Israeli President received diplomatic credentials from the new ambassadors of Thailand, Spain and the US during an official ceremony at the President’s house as they began their posts in Israel.

Incoming US Ambassador David Friedman presented his diplomatic credentials less than a day following the diplomatic storm surrounding Trump’s planned visit to the Western Wall. Friedman, who landed in Israel yesterday, began his visit with a prayer at the Western Wall. “It was a long trip,” Friedman said. “We are a bit tired, but we wanted to come straight to the holiest place in the entire Jewish world, the Western Wall, straight from the airport.”

“The US President chose Israel as the first location for his diplomatic tour,” Friedman said to Israeli President Reuven Rivlin during the diplomatic credentials ceremony. “His love for Israel is as hard as a rock. I expect to do everything in order to make the relations between Israel and the US even better in all areas: trade, military, strategic cooperation, education and more. God willing, we will reach higher peaks.”

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