Why Would a Jew Living in Samaria Infuriate the U.S. Ambassador?

A few months ago, I wrote an article about the newly appointed US ambassador to Israel, Thomas Nides.Nides has a past record of working with Israel, as he was the deputy secretary of state during the Obama administration. In the article, I asked the question of whether he would do the right thing in regards to Israel. Recently, the ambassador made some statements that were very concerning and proved that he is not a true supporter of Israel. He used some very undiplomatic language and rudely downgraded the residents of Judea and Samaria. 

On his first trip to Israel, Ambassador Nides refused to visit the settlements of Judea and Samaria, saying he “absolutely will not.” He then retracted and said he might visit the “West Bank” to meet with Mahmoud Abbas, the head of the Palestinian Authority.

On Tuesday night, Thomas Nides appeared live on a webinar hosted by Americans for Peace Now, a left-wing organization that fiercely opposes Israeli sovereignty. He started out by saying, “I am focused on strengthening a democratic, Jewish state – however, to do that, we must have a two-state solution.” First of all, having worked in foreign affairs in the past, Nides knows more than others that a two-state solution will never work for either Israel or the Palestinians. He knows that the Palestinian Authority will never accept a two-state solution; they want the whole land of Israel and nothing less. He also knows that a two-state solution would be absolutely suicidal for the nation of Israel. Israel pulled out of Gaza in 2005 in an effort to make peace and appease the American administration; in return, Hamas has rained down thousands of rockets on Israel’s towns and cities. 

After vowing his support of a two-state solution, Thomas Nides went on to say, “We can’t have the Israelis doing settlement growth in east Jerusalem or the West Bank. I’m a bit of a nag on this, including the idea of settlement growth – which infuriates me, when they do things – just infuriates the situation, both in east Jerusalem and the West Bank.” Why does settlement growth infuriate Thomas Nides so much? Does he really think construction in Judea and Samaria is impeding peace? 

He went on to say, “We can’t do stupid things that impede us for a two-state solution. We can’t have the Israelis doing settlement growth in east Jerusalem or the West Bank.” Not only is the ambassador “infuriated” with the settlements of Judea and Samaria, but he also says that the Israelis are “stupid” for trying to build up the land. 

Nides said that he doesn’t want to “create anger and disrespect for anyone if I can avoid it,” and has said multiple times that he doesn’t want to agitate or aggravate anyone. However, with the recent statements that he made, I believe that we as true supporters of Israel should be very angry with what the US ambassador said. 

He arrogantly said, “If we talk about anything but a two-state solution, it is not good for the Palestinians, it’s certainly not good for Israel, it’s not good for the Jews; it’s not good for anyone.” 

According to Nides, giving money to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) doesn’t hurt Israel’s security. I would disagree however, because UNRWA is corrupt to its very core and the Palestinian refugee problem has only increased under them, causing more threats to Israel. 

Our main takeaway from today is that we as Israel lovers need to rise up in support of the whole land of Israel, including Judea and Samaria. The current US administration needs to stop pressuring Israel into a two-state solution and needs to stop hindering settlement growth in the Heartland of Israel, Judea and Samaria.

Justin Hilton

Justin Hilton is from Virginia Beach, VA and has lived almost full time in Israel since 2016. He works for HaYovel and The Israel Guys as Studio Producer and Content Manager. He is also an article author, photographer and customer support representative. Once a week, he hosts a show on The Israel Guys network.

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  • I am not surprised at this anti-semites comments. Most people are afraid of the State of Israel because of their amazing ability to defend themselves. All Jews everywhere should be proud of the amazing way they turned a dessert into an oasis. Israel which, historically, belongs to the Jewish people should never be deserted by anyone who believes in G- d. After what our people have been subjected to for 2,000 years should be remembered by everyone. The Jewish people don’t teach their children to hate and we are a very forgiving race of smart people who follow G-D’s words in the Torah and if the entire world would do the same there would be no more wars. I am a Messianic Jew and pray that the movement grows which it has everywhere especially in Israel. I pray for the peace of Jerusalem and the salvation of Israel.

  • Good day,

    I’m not Jewish, but still very upset by that Ambassadors conduct. Is anything that can be done to remove him from his position for lack working on good faith with Israel?

    • I’m not Jewish either but saddened and sickened by his comments. Israel forever!

  • I am a member of Christians for Israel, I love the Jews and the Nation of Israel. Without the Jews we would not have our Savior Jesus. We would not have our BIBLE, OT or New Testament. I don’t believe that God is finished with the Israel as His chosen people, and that Christians are now the Israel of GOD, this is what some Christians believe, I believe that we will be grafted into the Olive Tree , which is Israel. This is what the Bible teaches,if you see what it really does teach, by the OT Covenents made with Israel, and GOD gave the land of Israel as their land for eternity.

    • June,,, You are absolutely correct. Israel is the chosen people. And,,, The Lord came from the line of Jesse, David’s father. The gentiles are being grafted into the seed of Abraham. Thank you for your comment.

    • The land of Israel belongs to the Jewish people all of it including the so called occupied west bank, God clearly sad where the borders of Israel start and end. As for the fact that the land of Israel being smaller that originally promised by God due to politically correct individuals who always pressure Israel to give up land in hope for peace, they will always be wrong. Racism and hatred is bad, but apparently not when directed at Jewish people and Israel as a country huh!!. I stand with Israel not for political reasons but for God reasons, Am Yisrael chai 🇮🇱😘👌😘

    • Amen! For thus, says The Lord, “I Am The Vine and The Vine Dresser”; “I Am The Truth The Way The Life The Door”Wherefore “ I Am That I Am Is One In The Father United Forever In My People And Their Land That I Promised Whom Are My Vetted Offspring Israel.
      Israel Is Indivisible! Israel is beloved by God and God’s people! ALL Others are Vipers, Frauds, Thieves, Sons Of Perdition. Fuel for The Hell Fire!

    • Amen! For thus, says The Lord, “I Am The Vine and The Vine Dresser”; “I Am The Truth The Way The Life The Door”Wherefore “ I Am That I Am Is One In The Father United Forever In My People And Their Land That I Promised Whom Are My Vetted Offspring Israel.
      Israel Is Indivisible! Israel is beloved by God and God’s people! ALL Others are Vipers, Frauds, Thieves, Sons Of Perdition. Fuel for The Hell Fire!

  • Thank you June. I lead a prayer for Israel group. Through Christ we have the blessings of a relationship with our Heavenly Father that we’re promised to Abraham. We pray for God’s protection of Israel, his provision for Israel, his prospering of Israel and his provoking to come to belief in Yeshua his son.

  • The Jewish peoples are of course mainly from the OT Tribe of Judah. The other tribes, which consisted the remaining tribes of Israel went into dispersion. However, they were no ‘lost’ as many are taught to believe and their descendants can substantially still be found today. This can be substantiated in far more detail than most people realise.

    I would recommend a short series of books by Steve Collins (www.StevenmCollins.com) “The Lost Ten Tribes of Israel” which includes a plethora of references – over 1250, in supporting evidence of their history and current whereabouts.

    No amount of interference, pressuring or hostility against the Jews or the descendants of the Nations of Israel will change the fact that The Almighty has said that they are here for keeps!

    • I find your comment fascinating. I will be reading the book you recommend!
      I’m 57 yrs old and began reading about the Jewish ppls at age 10 (thanks to my Mother). I have read probably 100s of books about the Jewish people and find their history fascinating. I grasps every opportunity to share my knowledge with anyone who will listen.

  • This is the key prognosis of your article:

    “Nides has a past record of working with Israel, as he was the deputy secretary of state during the Obama administration.”

    No need for further clarifications.
    Biden’s Administration is a proxy for Hussein.

  • June is correct: God is NOT done with Israel, & ISRAELIS remain the chosen people! The Bible is very clear about that. It also clearly describes the blood & salt covenant with Abraham, which effectively deeds to the children of Israel the land of Israel, which is much larger than what they now occupy, & which will be restored to them under the reign of Jesus during the Millennial Kingdom; it’s boundaries are nearer the land mass David passed to Solomon, than at any other time in history, to date. Judea & Samaria, in total, are in fact Israeli land, by decree of God, indeed, part of the EAST bank of the Jordan, land belonging to Reuben, Gad, & 1/2 the tribe of Manasseh are found in what is now known as Jordan, of which the Golan Heights is a small patch. The land belonging to Israel goes up into modern Iraq, includes Lebanon on the Mediterranean coast, as well as Gaza & goes west to “the river of Egypt”, so includes the Sinai Peninsula & a portion of western Egypt. So for this “ambassador” to deny that land in Judea & Samaria belongs to Israel, & even speak of the “Palestinian” people being denied their land, which is JORDAN, not Israel, is absurd. Those absorbed into “Palestinians” from Egypt & other nations should return to their homelands as well… But, of course, the globalists’, of which this Nides seems to be 1, do not WANT Israel on their map, anymore than they want the US on it (see North American Union).
    A 2 state “solution” is NO “solution” at all; it’s a death knell to Israel, & ratification of the Jordanian, Egyptian, & other Arab national outcasts squatting in Israel, & calling themselves “Palestinians”, when no such nation or historic people group exists. They are a conglomerate of troublemakers neighboring nations kicked out of their lands, in the aftermath of WW II, & the reforming of Israel as a nation state. They already have homelands, & are only supported to help destroy Israel. Once that’s accomplished, they will no longer matter to their home nations again.
    Just as a side note, “Palestinians” who became Israeli citizens serve in the Knesset & other areas of gov’t, & are prospering, generally faring far better than their fellows under “Palestinian” leaderships. To me, it appears only hate can explain the continued push for a 2 state solution, rather than a 1 state Israel solution.

  • I’m sorry the Jews have to once again deal with an administration that is blatantly anti Israel and pro Palestine. We agonize everyday over it. God bless the nation of Israel and His chosen people the Jews.

  • The idea of NO settlements in the West bank is rediculous.. The US comparison is the Deed restrictions prohibiting blacks Jews and even christians from buying in certain areas… This is pure racism..
    If you have actually been to Israel, the “settlements” are Housing tracts often in the middle of the desert miles from any Arabs.
    AND the “Palastinians” are actually illegal aliens without a country… as the do not have any country citizenship. They are Arabs who migrated to Israel mostly after the British took over in 1920.. Ergo few Palastinians have a Grandparents who were in Judea or Samarria prior to 1920.

    You can see the “Settlements” which Jews were forced to abandon in the West bank.. Farms that much cost, blood sweat and tears went into.. And the Arabs left them to rot. Never farming the land, never doing anything with the farms.

    So, in America we would refer to the Haters (Palastinians) as haters and racists and Feds would charge them with crimes.

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