February 22, 2020

You Can't Judaize Jerusalem

“”We were accused of Judaizing the city,” US Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt said Monday at the Christians United For Israel (CUFI) convention, referring to Jerusalem. “We will not tolerate that kind of language. I know that’s been tolerated before, but under President Trump, we will push back… No matter the criticism leveled against us, we will push back on it time and time again. You cannot possibly build peace without a foundation of truth. And for somebody to suggest that this tunnel is not truth, they need to be corrected.”

Greenblatt was pushing back against the Palestinian Authority for slamming his attendance, along with US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman and other officials, at the festive unveiling of the “Pilgrimage Road” organized by the City of David Foundation. The road once served as the main thoroughfare between the Second Temple and the Shiloah Pool, where pilgrims would ritually purify themselves.

Saeb Erekat, the lead Palestinian negotiator for the last two decades, took exception on June 30 via Twitter to Greenblatt and Friedman’s participation: “I hope all The world, including Americans can see this. That is not a US Ambassador that is an extremist Israeli settler, with Greenblatt, also there, digging underneath Silwan a Palestinian town.””

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