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David Friedman arrives at PMO for first working meeting with Netanyahu

Newly appointed US ambassador to Israel David Friedman arrives at the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem ahead of his first working meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Before arriving at the PMO he met with Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely.

Earlier, Friedman presented his letter of credence to President Reuven Rivlin, officially taking up his post as US ambassador to Israel.

Daniel Friedman, the incoming US ambassador to Israel, presents his credentials to President Reuven Rivlin during a ceremony in Jerusalem on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 (Raphael Ahren/Times of Israel)
Daniel Friedman, the incoming US ambassador to Israel, presents his credentials to President Reuven Rivlin during a ceremony in Jerusalem on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 (Raphael Ahren/Times of Israel)

“As you know, the president has chosen Israel as the site for his first international visit. His love for and commitment to the State of Israel is rock-solid and it enjoys his highest priority,” he said during a ceremony at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem.

Friedman, an observant Jew from Long Island, New York, landed with his wife and daughter at Ben Gurion Airport Monday afternoon and headed directly to the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City. His arrival comes amid ongoing speculation over the US administration’s intention to move the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

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