Gaza, ALRAY - The remarks of US ambassador to Israel David Friedman, made during his presence in the settlement of Sderot, a direct aggression and explicit incitement against the Palestinian people, Islamic resistance movement of Hamas stated.
Bassem Naim, a member of the movement's international relations office, said in a written statement that the statements of the US ambassador to Israel David Friedman in the settlement of Sderot on the borders of the Gaza Strip, in which he asserted that Jews will remain in this land forever, and that his government does not mind attacking the Gaza Strip, reflects his Zionist extremist mentality, not a stance of the ambassador of a state claiming neutrality and mediation for peace and stability. "
He added that this statement is unacceptable and condemned and Hamas considered it a direct aggression and incitement against Palestinian people, that affects international efforts to resolve the conflict and achieve stability in the region.
He noted that the US extremist stance promoted not just Israeli racist policy, based on annexation of the Palestinian territories and Judaization and continued aggression against the Palestinian people, but also provided a protection to Israel to escape from prosecution and accountability for crimes committed against Palestinians.
Friedman, a lawyer and son of a rabbi, was appointed in December 2016 as US ambassador to Tel Aviv. He has repeatedly expressed doubts about the possibility of a two-state solution between the Palestinian Authority and the Israelis.
Friedman ,a right-wing extremist , is a staunch supporter of Israeli settlement building in Jerusalem, supports settlement expansion in the occupied West Bank, and sees settlements in the West Bank as legal, contrary to the position of successive US administrations that have long viewed them as an obstacle to peace with the Palestinians.
Friedman, along with US special envoy to the Middle East Jason Greenblatt, participated in the opening ceremony of a tunnel south of Al Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem.
The Hebrew newspaper Haaretz reportted at the time, that the participation of Friedman and Greenblatt come at the invitation of "Elad", a settlement association that seizes Palestinian property in Jerusalem, and oversees about 70 outposts in the town of Silwan.