US ambassador says evacuating West Bank settlements ‘would be a recipe for disaster’

Ambassador David Friedman addresses the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations. February 19, 2018. (photo: Conference twitter feed.)
A bit of truth amidst a history of occupation.

By Yumna Patel |  Mondoweiss  | Oct 17, 2019

‘Having seen the experience of the evacuation of Gaza, I don’t believe that there is a realistic plan that can be implemented that will require anyone, Jew or Arab, to be forced to leave their home.’
— David Friedman, US Ambassador to Israel

The US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman told Israeli news website Arutz Sheva on Thursday that he believed the US Embassy move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem “promoted peace” and that “uprooting” Jews or Arabs in the event of a US peace plan in the region would be “inhumane.”

In an extensive interview with the news site, which covered topics from the 1967 war to Iran, Friedman was asked about President Donald Trump’s elusive peace plan, and the future status of Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.

“That is a very important part of the plan,” Friedman said. “Having seen the experience of the evacuation of Gaza, I don’t believe that there is a realistic plan that can be implemented that will require anyone, Jew or Arab, to be forced to leave their home.”

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