Issam Akel was arrested last October and put through a trial, despite the fact that he has U.S. citizenship, an Israeli ID card, and that the U.S. State Department and U.S. Ambassador to Israel demanded his release.
When a high-ranking leader in the Palestinian Authority made a statement directly contradicting what he declared to the global media just three weeks ago, the question changes from “did he lie?” to “which time was he lying?” Considering the plethora of important Palestinian policies he has commented on, the question takes on enormous importance.
U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman was in Sderot to publicly thank 10 American firefighters. They volunteered to help their Israeli colleagues battle raging fires started by arson kites and balloons sent from Hamas-controlled Gaza. “They have shown the amazing solidarity between the American people and the Israeli people,” said Friedman.