“We don’t have the luxury in the United States or in Israel to rest on past accomplishments. There’s simply too much more to do. As great as I feel for all the United States and Israel have accomplished together this past year, I will leave you with the thought paraphrasing the great American poet, Robert Frost – ‘There are miles to go before we sleep.'”
Ambassador Friedman highlights 3 developments during this Rosh Hashana – the meaningful experience of self-reflectance and improvement:
1 – Thanks to the courageous and historic decision of President Trump to exit the Iran nuclear deal. The Iranian enterprise, the world’s most dangerous state sponsor of terrorism and an enemy that publicly avows the destruction of the state of Israel, is under extraordinary pressure. Not yet defeated, but with every day, there’s a growing basis for optimism. The pressure on Iran will continue to mount.
2 – The Trump administration has slayed the sacred cows of the calcified thinking that has held back progress on the Palestinian front. The conventional thinking… throwing 10 billion dollars of humanitarian aid for the Palestinians… without addressing the teaching materials training Palestinian children to aspire to be terrorists. We would love, truly, to invest in this region for a better quality of life for the Palestinians – we continue to provide funding through the UNHCR. But UNRWA will no longer receive such funding.
3 – The decision by our President to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to move our embassy there. 2000 years after the destruction of the 2nd temple, the USA has recognized the primacy of Jerusalem to the state of Israel and the Jewish people.
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