Photo Credit: US Amb. David Friedman via Twitter / screen grab
CUFI Founder Pastor John Hagee and U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman in Washington DC

U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman received the Defender of Israel Award Tuesday night from the Christians United for Israel organization headed by Pastor John Hagee.

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Friedman tweeted his joy in a photo on Twitter, saying he was “So proud to share the stage with” U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, National Security Adviser John Bolton and Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt. “What a powerful and meaningful event!” he wrote.

The star-studded event, which drew major political leaders from the international arena, also provided a forum for Greenblatt to address the flak that members of the Trump Administration are receiving for participating in the inaugural ceremony for the Pilgrimage Road in Jerusalem, a unique archaeological discovery unveiled last month.

“David and I got criticized so heavily for attending this event,” Greenblatt told guests at the CUFI conference in Washington, adding one of the main accusers was PA chief negotiator Saeb Erekat, who was “pretending, as they often do, that this tunnel was mythical, that it was fake.

“We were accused of Judaizing the city. We will not tolerate that kind of language. I know that’s been tolerated before, but under President Trump, we will push back every single [time].

“You cannot possibly build peace without a foundation of truth,” Greenblatt pointed out, “and for somebody to suggest that this tunnel is not the truth, they need to be corrected.”

At the end of the day, Greenblatt said, “the region is not interested in leaving the Palestinians behind, but I think the region is also tired of the Palestinian leadership preventing progress in the region.”

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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.
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