Remarks by Ambassador David M. Friedman at his Credentialing Ceremony May 16, 2017, Jerusalem

Ambassador Friedman's Presentation of Credentials May 16, 2017

Mr. President,

Thank you so much for your warm wishes and for graciously accepting my credentials this morning. As someone who fought in the Six-Day War and whose parents translated the Quran from Arabic into Hebrew, you follow in the footsteps of our original warrior-poet, King David. And, as a seventh generation yerushalmi, you continue the connection of the Jewish people to Jerusalem that began with King David some 3000 years ago.

Serving the United States as its Ambassador to medinat Israel is the greatest honor of my life. I pledge to you to do all that I can to strengthen and enhance the relationship between our two great nations. A relationship that you accurately describe as “unbreakable” and to which I would add, it is a relationship as well that is without limits. I am so grateful to President Trump for giving me the opportunity, for having the confidence in my abilities, and most importantly, for sending me off this past week with the unequivocal and unambiguous mandate to support the State of Israel in every way and in all ways.

As you know the President has chosen the State of Israel as a site for his first international visit this coming week. His love for and commitment to Israel is rock solid and it enjoys his highest priority.

Mr. President I look forward to working with you and all the people of Israel to do even more to bring together the United States and the state of Israel; in every field, culture to education, to the life sciences, high technology, commerce, trade, of course, military and strategic cooperation and so many other things. With God’s help, let us achieve even greater heights for our two nations. Thank you very much.