Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump would fire State Department officials if they refused to move America’s embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, his adviser on Israel, David Friedman, told a crowd of supporters at a rally in Jerusalem’s Old City on Wednesday.
In a minute-long taped address, Trump praised Jewish values, said he loved Israel, and spoke with pride about his Jewish daughter, Ivanka, and her husband, Jared Kushner.
“My administration will stand side by side with Israel and Jewish leaders,” Trump said. “Together, we will stand up to enemies like Iran bent on destroying Israel and your people. Together, we will make America and Israel safe again.”
Trump’s running mate, Mike Pence, said in a taped speech that Israel is America’s most cherished ally in the world and that Israel’s values are America’s values. He said that like the US, Israel fights its battles with restraint.
“The real question is how any good person cannot stand with Israel,” Pence said.
“Should Donald Trump and I have the privilege of serving this great nation, the world will know that the US stands with Israel.”
Friedman condemned Wednesday’s UNESCO resolution about Jerusalem. He told potential voters in the crowd and those watching on the American networks that covered the event that casting a ballot for Trump is the way to protect Jerusalem’s security.
“In a Trump administration, the policy will be straightforward, reliable, dependable and transparent,” Friedman said.
“There will be no daylight between the US and Israel. If there are disagreements, they will be handled in private. When there is daylight, it energizes the enemies of both Israel and the US to make mischief, to make trouble. It causes violence. We have seen in the Obama administration the horrible consequences.”
Friedman promised that any UN resolution hostile to Israel would be vetoed and that Israel would be a full partner with the US in the global war against Islamist terrorism. He also made a promise to Israel on the Palestinian issue.
“A Trump administration will never pressure Israel into a two-state solution or any other solution its people don’t want,” Friedman said.
Trump adviser David Peyman revealed to the crowd that he delivered a note that Trump wrote to the Western Wall.
Other speakers at the event included former Yisrael Beytenu MK Sharon Gal, Jerusalem Deputy Mayor Hagit Moshe and International Christian Embassy spokesman David Parsons. Moshe, the only speaker who spoke in Hebrew, accused UNESCO of antisemitism and said that more than 1.5 million Jews visited the Western Wall in the past month.
“These elections are important,” Gal said. “After eight years under Obama’s administration, we need a real friend in the White House. I have no doubt Donald Trump will be such a friend.”
When speakers mentioned Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, the crowd booed and shouted “Lock her up” and “Hillary for prison.”
Democratic officials in Washington responded to the event by saying they did not understand why the Republicans were investing in a rally in Jerusalem.