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Netanyahu attends first official US Independence Day event in Jerusalem

“It’s wonderful to have the greatest power on earth not opposing the Jewish state, but supporting the Jewish state,” said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, stand next to U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman and his wife, Tammy, at a U.S. Independence Day celebration in Jerusalem on July 2, 2019. Photo by Marc Israel Sellem/POOL.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, stand next to U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman and his wife, Tammy, at a U.S. Independence Day celebration in Jerusalem on July 2, 2019. Photo by Marc Israel Sellem/POOL.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, were guests of U.S. Ambassador David Friedman at a Fourth of July party held Tuesday evening at the Jerusalem International Convention Center.

Speaking at the event, the first official U.S. July 4 celebration held in Jerusalem, both Netanyahu and Friedman praised U.S. President Donald Trump for recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Friedman referred to the event as the “biggest Independence Day party ever.”

He also underscored the values that Israel and the United States share, while Netanyahu noted that the alliance between the two countries has reached new heights. Netanyahu said that U.S. support for Israel crossed party lines and must remain bipartisan.

“A few days ago,” said Netanyahu, “David and Tammy [Friedman] and [U.S. Middle East envoy] Jason Greenblatt and my wife, Sara, went to a place that is the wellspring of our existence. They went to a place that leads from the Siloam pool to Har Habayit [the Temple Mount], where our ancestors celebrated the various festivals of Jerusalem and where the last Jews fighting the Romans, fighting this greatest power on earth, submitted, and where Jewish independence was extinguished.

“Well, we’re back, and we’re back standing for the truth, for our history, for our rights and it’s wonderful to have the greatest power on earth not opposing the Jewish state, but supporting the Jewish state,” he said. “What a twist.”

Netanyahu also expressed his thanks to the government of Bahrain for hosting the U.S.-sponsored Peace to Prosperity workshop last week.

“The foreign minister of Bahrain said Israel is part of the Middle East—‘I want the people of Israel, the citizens of Israel, to know that we welcome them,’ ” said the prime minister. “That’s a change that should be applauded. It was encouraging to see numerous Arab governments participate in the workshop, despite Palestinian efforts to undermine it.”

This article first appeared in Israel Hayom.

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