- [Chris] Only one U.S.Ambassador in history
holds the distinction of serving
in Israel's capital, Jerusalem,
Now he sits at theepicenter of a Middle East
going through historic changes,
a much needed peace plan,
and as we found out,
unprecedented relationsbetween the two allies.
- The Trump Administration is the most
supported administrationwith regard to Israel
in American history.
And I think that's
helped Israel in direct ways.
- [Chris] A widely anticipated peace plan
remains shrouded in secrecy.
Although Friedman explainedone of its guiding principles.
- Nobody should be asked to take
incremental security risk
in pursuit of something that is,
has yet to bear fruit.
So we're very cognizant ofIsrael's security needs.
- Are the new regional alliancesthat seem to be emerging
between Saudi Arabia, the Gulf states,
Jordan, Egypt, and Israel,
is that part of the calculation?
- It's all opening up.
And I think it's justbeginning and I think
that environment, Ithink creates opportunity
and I think it gives
the Israeli public some confidence
that they're not being askedto jump into an empty pool.
- [Chris] Another markerof the Trump Administration
During his address at thestart of the Jewish New Year,
Ambassador Friedman talked about slaying
some of the sacred cowsof the peace process,
like defunding UNRRA, the right of return,
and the so-called pay to slay,
rewarding terrorists and their families.
- One other aspect, it seemsto be of the peace plan
is a relationship withPalestinian businessmen
and Israel businessmen and
some would say you crossed the red line
when you went to the green line in REL
for the first time officially.
What was the
importance of that meeting?
- On a practical level, I met with,
I don't know, eight or 10
Palestinian business leaders
and to a person,
what they all said to me is,
"Let's do business,"
"Let's get going, let's do some work."
We wanna work with Jews,
we wanna work with Israelis.
- [Chris] Yet, overshadowingany Middle East peace plan
Iran right now is theleading international
state sponsor of terrorism.
- [Chris] Friedman noted thatnew sanctions against Iran
will make a difference.
And I think they aregoing to ultimately put
the Iranian government in a position
where they can
end this malign activity, you know,
or they won't and thesanctions will continue
I believe their regime will fail.
- [Chris] We also talkedabout why Evangelical support
is so important to Israel.
- It strengthens the President's resolve
to, I think
be the best president Israel has ever had.
- [Chris] An observant Jew,
Friedman often sees his rolethrough the lens of scripture
and showed me a constant reminder
how he hopes to serve as Ambassador.
A painting of the sin ofthe 10 spies from Exodus.
- I've got this painting to remind me that
the one sin I hope notto commit while I'm here
is the sin of the spies.
Not to have faith, confidence,
I think those are thequalities that really
for me to do my job the right way.
- [Chris] And as a diplomat,
Friedman sees God at work.
- I try to
look at everything from a
lens of what is best
for the United States.
That's my job, I representthe United States.
Look, we are,
we are a nation under God, we're built
on Judeo-Christian values and
much as I try, I cannot help but
see the majesty of God's work in all the
miracles that happen
- [Chris] Chris Mitchell, CBN News,
the U.S. Embassy, Jerusalem.
- What an amazing Ambassador.
What an amazing time.
I tell you,
giving away some of the myths, I mean,
the whole concept ofthis two state solution,
it isn't gonna work.
You've gotta have a partner in peace
if you're gonna make peace
and the Palestinian authority
has been overrun by
grip of terrorists
really don't have enoughpower to make peace
and I think our country needsto get along with the fact
that they can't be two states over there
and let's get on with itand just support Israel
and do what we can.