U.S. Ambassador Says Won't Visit Settlements, but Willing to Meet With Settlers

'I try not to do symbolic things that just make things worse,' Thomas Nides tells members of major U.S. Jewish group to explain refusal to visit Israeli settlements

Samuel Sokol is a freelance journalist based in Jerusalem. He was previously a correspondent at the Jerusalem Post and has reported for the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, the Israel Broadcasting Authority and the Times of Israel. He is the author of Putin’s Hybrid War and the Jews.
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Samuel Sokol is a freelance journalist based in Jerusalem. He was previously a correspondent at the Jerusalem Post and has reported for the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, the Israel Broadcasting Authority and the Times of Israel. He is the author of Putin’s Hybrid War and the Jews.
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Stating that he is trying “trying not to do things that intentionally aggravate people,” U.S. Ambassador to Israel Thomas Nides declared on Monday that while he does not intend to visit any West Bank settlements, he is open to sitting down and speaking with Israeli settlers.

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