Trump names Friedman as US ambassador to Israel

Bankruptcy attorney named US ambassador to Israel, to help ‘strive for peace in the Middle East’

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David Friedman with US President-elect Donald Trump.
Published: 06:01 December 16, 2016


U.S. President-elect Donald Trump will nominate attorney David Friedman as U.S. ambassador to Israel, the transition team said in a statement on Thursday.

“(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.

Trump taps adviser David Friedman for ambassador to Israel

Who is David Friedman?

Friedman is an attorney and campaign adviser who backs moving the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

During the campaign Friedman, a bankruptcy lawyer, voiced support for settlement expansion in the occupied West Bank.

In a Trump transition team statement Thursday announcing his appointment, Friedman said he wanted to work for peace and looked forward to “doing this from the US embassy in Israel’s eternal capital, Jerusalem.”


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