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PM Benjamin Netanyahu, wife Sara, U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, wife Tammy and the U.S. Marine Corps in Jerusalem on July 2, 2019

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, his wife Sara, and President Reuven Rivlin joined hundreds of other guests Tuesday night at an event held at the Jerusalem International Convention Center, hosted by U.S. Ambassador David Friedman and his wife Tammy marking America’s 243rd Independence Day.

As he arrived at the event, held for the first time in Jerusalem, the president raised a glass with the ambassador and his aides in honor of the United States, President Trump and the American people. The president and the ambassador discussed the importance of the relations between the two countries and the deep friendship between the peoples, based on broad bi-partisan support and shared values.

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The prime minister pointed out during remarks he delivered at the event that it is a pleasure to have the “greatest power on earth” standing on the same side as Israel, rather than opposing our ideals.

“A few days ago, David and Tammy and Jason Greenblatt and my wife Sara went to a place that is the wellspring of our existence,” Netanyahu said in remarks he delivered at the event. “They went to a place that leads from the Siloam pool to Har Habayit [the Temple Mount] where our ancestors celebrated the various festivals of Jerusalem, and where the last Jews died fighting the Romans, fighting this greatest power on earth, submitted and where Jewish independence was extinguished.

“Well we’re back, and we’re back standing for the truth, for our history, for our rights; and it’s wonderful to have the greatest power on earth not opposing the Jewish State, but supporting the Jewish State. What a twist,” the prime minister added.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.