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US envoy said to tell police minister of concerns over Jerusalem Day march

US Ambassador to Israel Thomas Richard Nides during his swearing-in ceremony as new ambassador to Israel, at the President's Residence in Jerusalem, on December 5, 2021. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)
US Ambassador to Israel Thomas Richard Nides during his swearing-in ceremony as new ambassador to Israel, at the President's Residence in Jerusalem, on December 5, 2021. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

US Ambassador to Israel Thomas Nides expressed concern over the upcoming Flag March for Jerusalem Day during a phone call today with Public Security Minister Omer Barlev, the Walla news site reports.

According to the report, which cited an unnamed Israeli official, Nides said he was worried the nationalist event could fuel an escalation of violence, but he did not request that the route of the march be changed.

Barlev reportedly responded that he understood the concern and stressed police were working to prevent any provocations or friction during the march on Sunday.

“My father [Haim Barlev] as deputy chief of staff gave the order to liberate Jerusalem. This is our capital,” the minister is quoted as saying.

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