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U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman

U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman erased an old red line on Tuesday with his visit to the Samaria city of Ariel, where he attended a business event held by the Judea and Samaria Chamber of Commerce and Industry.


Under past administrations, U.S. ambassadors to Israel have not been allowed to cross the so-called “Green Line” (1949 Armistice Line), nor could they visit Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria.

Friedman has eschewed that policy from Day One, reflecting the support of the Trump administration for normalization of activities in the territories and promoting dialogue between the people of Israel and the Palestinian Authority.


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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, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.