New US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman Officially Takes Up Post

Yerushalayim (TPS) – The new US ambassador to Israel, David M. Friedman, presented his diplomatic credentials to Israeli President Reuven Rivlin in a ceremony held on Tuesday at the President’s Residence in Yerushalayim.

President Rivlin welcomed the American ambassador, saying, “I am happy to welcome you and your dear wife to Israel, to Yerushalayim, the capital of Israel. I know you have been here many times before. But this time you are an ambassador, representing the United States of America, Israel’s greatest and most important ally.”

“Serving the US as its ambassador to the State of Israel is the greatest honor of my life, and I pledge to you to do all that I can to strengthen and enhance the relations between our two great nations that you accurately described as unbreakable and, I would add, without limits,” said Friedman to Rivlin.

Friedman arrived to Israel on Monday, and traveled straight from Ben Gurion Airport to the Kosel.

“Well, it was a long trip. We’re a bit tired, but we wanted to come straight to the holiest place in the entire Jewish world, the Kotel Hamaaravi, the Western Wall, straight from the airport,” said Friedman, whose bar mitzvah took place at the Western Wall.

Friedman’s wife and daughter were with him, while the rest of his family is in the United States. In a short video clip posted by the U.S. Embassy in Israel, Friedman said yesterday that he came to the Western Wall to recite both personal prayers for his family, as well as for President Trump.

“I had the opportunity to say some prayers. I prayed of course for the health of my family, my children and grandchildren. I prayed for the President of the US, and wished him success, especially on his upcoming trip. I hope you all wish him success; it’s going to be an amazing trip,” said Friedman, an Orthodox Jewish bankruptcy attorney from Long Island, New York, who has a home in Yerushalayim.

In addition to Friedman, the Ambassador of Thailand, Penprapa Vongkovit and the Ambassador of Spain, Manuel Gomez-Acebo also presented their credentials to Rivlin on Tuesday.

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