ISRAEL HAYOM (by agreement with JNS)
US envoys lend a hand as Israel digs down in east Jerusalem
July 1, 2019
US envoys wielded hammers on Sunday to break open a new tunnel at a Jewish heritage site in east Jerusalem, signaling Washington’s support for Israel’s hold over parts of the city that Palestinians seek for a future state. US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman attended the event along with three other visiting American ambassadors as well as US President Donald Trump’s Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt, and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). The City of David Foundation unveiled what it called “the pilgrimage road,” a 2,000-year-old main thoroughfare from Roman-era Jerusalem that served visitors to the ancient Jewish Temple. READ MORE
TIMES OF ISRAEL Palestinians slam US ‘war crimes’ after envoys open East Jerusalem The ceremonial event angered the Palestinian Authority, as well as several left-wing Israeli NGOs, which claimed the opening of the site would further entrench an Israeli presence in eastern parts of the city that Palestinians hope will one day serve as their capital.