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At Jerusalem 4th of July event, US envoy Nides hails ‘unbreakable’ bond with Israel

Left to right: President Isaac Herzog, US Ambassador to Israel Tom Nides and Alternate Prime Minister Naftali Bennett at a 4th of July event at the David Citadel Hotel in Jerusalem, July 5, 2022. (Tal Schneider/Times of Israel)
Left to right: President Isaac Herzog, US Ambassador to Israel Tom Nides and Alternate Prime Minister Naftali Bennett at a 4th of July event at the David Citadel Hotel in Jerusalem, July 5, 2022. (Tal Schneider/Times of Israel)

US Ambassador to Israel Tom Nides, President Isaac Herzog and Alternate Prime Minister Naftali Bennett take part in a 4th of July event at the David Citadel Hotel in Jerusalem.

“We are celebrating the unbreakable bond between the two countries,” Nides says. “President [Joe] Biden will arrive next week. He has been visiting Israel since Golda Meir was the prime minister. He declares himself a Zionist. We are looking for a fruitful visit.”

“Who knew, 246 years ago, that the ties of the United States of America and the Jewish people would be so close,” he says, adding: “Even as we celebrate here, we need to keep the people of Ukraine in our minds, as they are still suffering.”

Speaking next, Herzog says: “It is a pleasure to celebrate American independence here in Jerusalem.”

“Let me send my condolences on behalf of the State of Israel to the victims of Highland Park. Here in Jerusalem, we know very well the meaning of such a shooting in the streets,” he adds, referring to past Palestinian shooting attacks.

Alternate Prime Minister Naftali Bennett speaks at a 4th of July event at the David Citadel Hotel in Jerusalem, July 5, 2022. (Tal Schneider/Times of Israel)

Bennett says in his address: “We commonly say that the two countries share values. Both people were prosecuted and fled their original countries with courage to search for a better life with freedom.

“Faith does not contradict the pursuit of freedom and patriotism,” he notes. “My parents grew up in the 1950s in San Francisco. My dad was arrested as he protested against a hotel that did not hire black people. He later became a man of faith and came to Israel to protect our country.”

“President Biden is our great friend. He says that one would need to invent it if it did not exist,” Bennett says, concluding that “we always know that America has our backs. We will never ask America to send troops to fight for us.”

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