Attorney David Friedman served as Trump’s advisor on Israel affairs during the election campaign. “I intend to work tirelessly to strengthen the unbreakable bond between our two countries and look forward to doing this from what will become the new location of the U.S. embassy in Israel’s eternal capital – Jerusalem.”
INN “Friedman has been a long-time friend and trusted advisor to me. His strong relationships in Israel will form the foundation of his diplomatic mission and be a tremendous asset to our country as we strengthen the ties with our allies and strive for peace in the Middle East,” Trump said in the statement.
Friedman thanked Trump for the nomination in a statement of his own, and stressed that he was looking forward to serve his role in the city of Jerusalem, as Trump has promised to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to the Israeli capital.
In May, Friedman told Arutz Sheva in an exclusive interview that Trump believes “that Israel should continue to build settlements on Israeli land. The population of Judea and Samaria is 400,000 people. You add in East Jerusalem you have almost a million people. These people aren’t going anywhere and Israel’s not going to make the same mistake that it made in connection with the evacuation of Gaza.”
In another interview with Haaretz, Friedman said that as president, Trump could support Israel annexing parts of Judea and Samaria.
Friedman, who has also been a columnist, has views that have differed from previous US ambassadors to Israel. He has opposed the US imposing terms on Israel and its borders, stating that its settlements in Judea-Samaria and (East) Jerusalem are not illegal and has also expressed openness to a one-state, bi-national solution.
MSNBC’s Chris Mathews says “it’s OK to promise moving the embassy to Jerusalem during the campaign, but you DON’T actually do it.”