Trump pick for ambassador to Israel has contentious Senate audition

Trump pick for ambassador to Israel has contentious Senate audition

Friedman went before the panel a day after Trump, during a press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, refused to explicitly back the two-state solution that has been us policy since 2002 - but also asked Netanyahu "to hold back on the settlements a bit". They included Thomas Pickering, William Harrop, Edward Walker, Daniel Kurtzer and James Cunningham.

President Trump's choice to be the US ambassador to Israel sought Thursday to assure skeptical senators that he can be fair-minded despite previous public statements doubting a Palestinian state and supporting Jewish home building in the West Bank.

Congressional aides in both parties told Foreign Policy that the lack of Republican criticism suggested that Friedman would likely pass the confirmation process, especially given fears by some Democrats of being viewed as insufficiently pro-Israel. He said he will not campaign, support or advocate for Israel's annexation of the West Bank, which has always been considered the future home of a Palestinian state.

He still questions whether Palestinians are prepared to make the concessions necessary: Palestinians must recognize Israel as a Jewish state and "denounce terror", he said.

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One day after President Donald Trump shook up USA policy toward the Middle East, his pick for envoy to Israel will confront senators seeking clarity on the administration's strategy for helping resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. How does Friedman accomplish this numerical legerdemain?

He serves as president of American Friends of Bet El Institutions, an organization that supports a large West Bank settlement just outside Ramallah.

Such views are unprecedented for USA ambassadors to Israel, who in the past, whether from Republican or Democratic administrations, have avoided travel to settlements. "For all of Israel, for the entire Land of Israel".

"I have reached out over the last few months to a number of people who have been hurt by the things I have said", David Friedman, an attorney, told lawmakers. According to the organization's latest publicly available tax return, in 2014 alone, Friedman helped raise almost $2.3 million for this nefarious goal.

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"Mr. Friedman supports the annexation of the West Bank", he called out, while being removed by security guards.

Friedman also regularly resorts to vicious ad hominem attacks meant to demonize anyone who does not agree with his extremist positions.

Friedman has compared J Street, a liberal Jewish group that supports a two-state solution, to "kapos" - Jews who assisted the Nazis during the Holocaust.

Friedman was further accused of holding extremist and radical views, leading the ambassadors to question his temperament, due to various remarks that accused former USA president Barack Obama and the State Department of being anti-Semitic and "propagating false conspiracy theories that Hillary Clinton's adviser Huma Abedin" had "well-established ties to the Muslim Brotherhood".

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Friedman sat quietly during the disruptions, picking up on his speech from the point he stopped once the hecklers were taken out of the room. The Senate should reject this outrageous nomination.

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