Herzog accepts credentials of new US Ambassador Jack Lew

New US Ambassador to Israel Jack Lew (left) presents his credentials to President Isaac Herzog at the President's Residence on November 5, 2023 in Jerusalem. (Screenshot)
New US Ambassador to Israel Jack Lew (left) presents his credentials to President Isaac Herzog at the President's Residence on November 5, 2023 in Jerusalem. (Screenshot)

President Isaac Herzog accepts the credentials of US Ambassador Jack Lew, whose confirmation as the new American envoy in Jerusalem was fast-tracked due to the ongoing war between Israel and Hamas.

“A crisis is always when you’re reminded who you’re friends are. This is true of people and true of countries. I am speaking for all Israelis when I say that never has American friendship been more evident or more valued than it is today,” Herzog tells Lew during a ceremony at the President’s Residence.

“We are grateful for everything that the United States of America has done for us and is doing as we speak. We will never forget it,” Herzog adds.

The president says Lew is taking up his ambassadorial post at “a tipping point for Israel and the region, maybe for the world,” citing the October 7 massacres by Hamas “that changed this country forever.”

“This war is about much more than Israel and Hamas,” Herzog continues. “It is about whether the world will accept the violation of our basic values as human beings.”

Speaking after Herzog, Lew says “these are not normal times.”

“This past month has tested Israel and it has also proven that the bond between our nations is unshakable. As two great democracies, we share values that underlie how we make decisions and explains why we remain so close,” he says.

Lew adds that he met earlier in the day with the families of hostages held by Hamas: “There are no words to explain the pain they feel and we share.” He says working to secure their release will be a “top priority.”

“The United States stands with you, we will work together and our resolve remains strong,” Lew says.

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