WASHINGTON - Donald Trump appointed lawyer David Friedman as the new US ambassador to Israel, so has his transition team Thursday informed.
'Friedman is a good friend and advisor to me. His close ties with Israel will form the basis of his diplomatic mission and will be a tremendous addition to our country if we reconnect with our allies and strive for peace in the Middle East, 'said Trump in the statement.
During his campaign, Trump argued there already to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. That move likely to provoke huge reactions from Muslims.
Friedman said Thursday that he looked forward to start his mail from the US Embassy in Israel's eternal capital, Jerusalem. Thus he let on to be in favor of moving the embassy to Jerusalem. Accredit the US and other countries not Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Control of Jerusalem is a major point of contention between Israelis and Palestinians.
With Friedman Trump has chosen an ambassador who is seen as far right on issues such as the settlement policy and the annexation of the West Bank by Israel. The current Obama administration has always had strongly criticized the settlement policy in the occupied territories.