Interview with Ambassador Ric Grenell, October 9, 2018

(Originally published in Judische Rundschau)

U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell grew up near Grand Rapids, Mich., looking up to Israel daily—literally. Even until today, a special sign hangs over his mother’s kitchen sink.

“It says ‘Pray for the Peace of Israel,’ and I can guarantee you that my mother prays for the peace of Israel every day,” Grenell told Jüdische Rundschau in an interview at his office overlooking the Quadriga atop Brandenburg Gate. His manner is cheerful, friendly and down-to-earth—qualities that come through in his Instagram feed.

“I have six evangelical Christian ministers in my immediate family (I did not go into the family business), so I have a natural organic upbringing and education to not only respect Israel, but to really pray for its peace and regard it as a biblical mandate.”


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