Ambassador David Friedman Reportedly Asks State Department To Drop ‘Occupation’

New American ambassador to Israel, David M. Friedman, visits the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City, on May 15, 2017. Photo by Rob Ghost/Flash90
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U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman has reportedly asked the State Department to drop using the term “occupied” when referring to Israel’s control over the Shomron and eastern Yerushalayim.

According to a report by Kan, Israel’s Broadcasting Corporation, the State Department initially refused the recent request, but later agreed to discuss the matter after receiving pressure “from above”—an apparent reference to the White House. The report added that President Donald Trump will have the final decision on the terminology.





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