Israel Rejects US Ambassador’s Request to Change Flag March Route

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US Ambassador to Israel Tom Nides

Israeli Public Security Minister Omer Bar Lev has informed the United States that the State of Israel will not change the route of the Flag March set for Sunday, Jerusalem Day, in Jerusalem.

(US Ambassador to Israel Tom Nides at the Western Wall, on December 4, 2021)

 

US Ambassador to Israel Thomas Nides expressed concern over the route of the march in a phone call Thursday with Bar Lev, according to the Walla! News site.

Behold, He who keeps Israel
Shall neither slumber nor sleep.” Psalm 121;4

According to Ynet, Nides related a request from the Biden Administration to change the route of the march during meetings with Bar Lev and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid.

The Ynet report cited an unnamed Israeli official who said Nides explained he was worried the event could spark an escalation of violence.

According to the report, Bar Lev told Nides that he understood the concern, but that the route of the march will not change.

“This march is a 30-year-long tradition,” Bar Lev said. He added that police are working to prevent friction and possible provocations during the event.

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