Israeli settlement movement leaders get first-ever invite to July Fourth celebration

 

(JNS.org) U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman has invited several leaders of the Israeli settlement movement to the American embassy’s July Fourth celebration for the first time, highlighting a shift in policy towards the settlements from previous administrations. 

Israeli and American flags. Credit: James Emery via Wikimedia Commons.

“It’s an interesting change of approach to Judea and Samaria by the American government, which until [President Donald] Trump’s election definitely placed [the settlements] outside of the fence [of acceptability],” the Samaria Regional Council said in a statement. 

Among the settlement movement leaders invited to the July Fourth celebration are Avi Ro’eh, head of the Council of Jewish Communities of Judea and Samaria; Yossi Dagan, leader of the Samaria Regional Council; Ma’aleh Adumim Mayor Benny Kashriel; Ariel Mayor Eli Shaviro; and Oded Revivi, chief foreign envoy of the Yesha Council, a coordinating body for Israeli settlements’ municipal councils.

Two delegations of settlement leaders were also invited to President Trump’s inauguration in January.

Posted on July 3, 2017 .