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US Israel envoy says Capitol riot shows US ‘resilience,’ doesn’t mention Trump

David Friedman praises ‘unbreakable bond with Israel,’ congratulates President-elect Joe Biden

US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman speaks during the Kohelet Forum Conference at the Begin Heritage Center, in Jerusalem, on January 8, 2020. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)
US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman speaks during the Kohelet Forum Conference at the Begin Heritage Center, in Jerusalem, on January 8, 2020. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman made a statement Friday following the storming of the US Capitol building Wednesday by thousands of supporters of US President Donald Trump, saying the country had proven its “resilience” but not mentioning the president’s involvement in instigating the violence.

“Our Republic was severely tested this week. But we proved our resilience in the face of unprecedented stress. Our Constitution worked, as did our laws and our law enforcement,” Friedman stated.

Law enforcement bodies have faced backlash over their handling of the riot, and several senior Capitol Police officers were forced to subsequently resign, including its chief.

Friedman also said: “Our democracy will emerge stronger and, once again, with an orderly transition of power.”

“I would like to congratulate President-elect Biden and his incoming administration. I humbly offer any assistance that may be requested to aid in transition.”

After many Israeli officials condemned the riots, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Opposition Leader Yair Lapid and Defense Minister Gantz, Friedman said: “I know that America’s unbreakable bond with Israel will endure — it is a fundamental value of our nation. I am also grateful to the many Israelis who shared messages of solidarity with the American people and expressed trust in the strength of our democratic institutions.”

“May God bless the United States of America, the State of Israel, and their eternal bond,” he concluded

Four protesters died during the violence, including a woman who was shot inside the Capitol building. In addition, a Capitol Police officer died Thursday after being injured in the Wednesday melee.

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