JOINT STATEMENT FROM JASON DOV GREENBLATT AND DAVID FRIEDMAN, ADVISORS TO DONALD J. TRUMP ON ISRAEL

It was with gratitude that we watched the Republican platform committee approve the Israel plank of the Republican platform expressing unequivocal support for Israel. We were also very pleased to see the members of the committee rise for a standing ovation upon the approval of the Israel plank of the platform.

We wish to express our deep appreciation to the members of the subcommittee for their tireless efforts in crafting this plank. We would especially like to thank Representative Alan Clemmons, a true champion of Israel, for his work. From conception to approval of this plank, we have witnessed the incredible dedication to Israel shared by so many individuals and we were humbled by this show of dedication and honored to take part in this process. Support for Israel is support for America, so it is only right that the committee has made it clear that our government must advance policies that encourage and reflect our country’s commitment to Israel, including the recognition that Jerusalem is the eternal, undivided capital of the Jewish people and the Jewish State of Israel.

We are also pleased that the committee has recognized that BDS is a modern manifestation of anti-Semitism. The BDS movement is not interested in promoting peace and coexistence, or in forging a better future for Israelis and Palestinians. BDS hurts Israelis, Palestinians and the hope for peace.

We stand resolutely with Mr. Trump in his belief that no country should pressure Israel into making peace and we are gratified that this conviction is expressed in the platform which makes it clear that it is up to Israel and the Palestinians to decide their own fate. The United States will be here to support our greatest ally in these challenging times and Mr. Trump continues to be ready to do whatever he can to show Israel his support. We hope that this Israel plank of the platform inspires the Palestinian leadership to step forward to do what its best for the Palestinian people. The Palestinian leadership must stop the incitement, glorification and reward of terrorism and the preaching of hate, and instead reengage in meaningful discussions with Israel to help create a just and lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

The Republican Party base, and Mr. Trump, staunchly support Israel, and this platform mirrors such support.

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