image David Friedman, new United States Ambassador to Israel, kisses the Western Wall after arriving in the Jewish state on Monday and immediately paying a visit to the main Jewish holy site, in Jerusalem's Old City May 15, 2017 REUTERS/Ammar Awad TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RTX35YGU

Incoming US ambassador to Israel visits Western Wall ahead of presenting his credentials to President Rivlin

The new US ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, arrived in the country yesterday, ahead of a scheduled meeting with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, during which the new American diplomat is expected to present his credentials to allow him to take up his official role. Upon arriving in Israel, ambassador Friedman immediately travelled to Jerusalem to pay a visit to the Western Wall, where he recited prayers from the book of Psalms together with a group of rabbis. Ambassador Friedman, who is a longtime friend of President Donald Trump, has on several occasions vowed to work tirelessly to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a promise also voiced by Trump during his election campaign. Israel says all of Jerusalem is its eternal and indivisible capital, a position not yet recognized by the international community.