Trump Envoy David Friedman Slams Palestinians’ ‘Anti-Semitic’ Response to Jerusalem Recognition

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The Times of Israel reports: US Ambassador David Friedman criticized the Palestinian reaction to US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, describing the response as provocative, unnecessary, and “anti-Semitic.”

Friedman, who strongly supported the US policy shift regarding the capital, said the Palestinians were “largely emotional” and “unfortunately overreacted.”

US President Donald Trump, he noted, had made clear that the US was “not taking a position on any final status issues, including the specific boundaries of the Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem.” The Palestinian response was “ugly, needlessly provocative and anti-Semitic,” Friedman told the Jerusalem Post in an interview published Thursday.

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