Friedman Clarifies Trump’s Statement On Israel Paying A ‘Higher Price’ For Yerushalayim


U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman sought to clarify President Donald Trump’s statement last week that Israel would have to pay a “higher price” for the United States moving its embassy in Israel to Yerushalayim.

“The president feels that if the parties are lucky enough to be sitting in a room and making progress, he might say to the Israelis, ‘Look, can you do a little bit more? Look what we did for you. Is there something more that you could do?,’” said Friedman in a conference call with members of the American Jewish Congress.

Friedman continued, “It’s not that he has something specific in mind, but just that under the circumstances that the United States has engaged in really significant good faith efforts to strengthen Israel and strengthen its historical multi-thousand-year connection to Jerusalem, maybe the Israelis could make it clear by leaning in a little bit as well. That’s all it meant.”

“There is not, and there never was, any demand made of Israel that they do anything in exchange for the embassy move,” he assured.

Additionally, Friedman also said that the rollout of the Trump administration’s peace plan for Israel is “not imminent.”

“I would imagine that we will roll something out. I hesitate even to put a month on it because it has shifted as we continue to listen and talk to people,” he said.

Regarding rebuilding Gaza, the ambassador said, “There is no capacity to have peace with the Palestinians unless there’s peace with all the Palestinians, including the million-and-a-half in Gaza.” Therefore, explained Friedman, restructuring the area without the Palestinian Authority enables Hamas to still be in charge.

Said Friedman: “With all the failings of the P.A., if the choice is Hamas, we pick the P.A.”




  1. Thanks Mr. Ambassador for the clarification. Just curious, and perhaps you can address this point! Hasn’t Israel given more than their fair share for peace? Not to go through history but just look at their restraint – and many of us call it weakness! – as it relates to the Gaza activities of the past half year or so! Don’t they get credit for that? They should have gone in and bombed them to obliteration! But they acted with restraint! Creditworthy????

  2. There will not be peace in Israel until the Jews do tshuva. Until then, Hashem sends Arabs to attack Jews to hopefully bring them to repent. It’s all Hashem’s doing for the sake of the Jews.

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