The U.S. ambassador to Israe, David M. Friedman, said during an evangelical group event that marked the anniversary of Jerusalem becoming a U.S. embassy that Israel is “on the side of God.”
He said to all the people who were present at the event that the relationship between the U.S. and Israel was getting “stronger and stronger and stronger”. Besides that, he also said “And the second (reason) is that Israel has one secret weapon that not too many countries have,” “Israel is on the side of God, and we don’t underestimate that.”
According to some points of view, with Friedman as ambassador, the Trump administration has made several moves that are considered too partial to Israel, such as moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Also, the U.S. has made significant cuts to aid for the Palestinians.
Daniel C. Kurtzer, who was Washington’s ambassador in Israel under both Republican and Democratic presidents said, making reference to The U.S. ambassador´s speech, “As the ambassador of the far-right Orthodox Jewish community in the United States, Friedman’s comment makes sense”. “As the supposed ambassador of the United States government and all its people, it is an extremely inappropriate comment.” he added.
Others, such as Saeb Erekat, of the Palestine Liberation Organization, said Friedman shouldn’t have mentioned God at all in his comments.
“What ambassador Friedman is telling Palestinians, Christians and Muslims,” he wrote on Twitter, was “that God is against them (or that they’re enemies of God). This was never an American position.”
Meanwhile, on giving more support to Israel, Friedman added “I don’t believe in enough.”