Trump's Israel envoy pick sparks Palestinian outcry

Friedman is a staunch supporter of Jewish-only settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem

Trump's Israel envoy pick sparks Palestinian outcry

World Bulletin / News Desk

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for ambassador to Israel has invited a storm of Palestinian condemnation.

On Thursday, Trump nominated his longtime bankruptcy lawyer David Friedman as the new ambassador to Israel.

Friedman is a staunch supporter of the Jewish-only settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem. He chairs the American Friends of Bet El Institutions, an organization that supports a large illegal West Bank settlement just outside Ramallah.

Friedman has accused President Barack Obama of “anti-Semitism” and U.S. Jews who oppose the Israeli occupation of the West Bank as worse than kapos, Nazi-era prisoners who served as concentration camp guards.

He also opposes the two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and has reiterated support for an undivided Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Following his nomination as the new U.S. envoy to Israel, Radio Israel quoted Friedman as saying he looked forward to carrying out his duties from “the U.S. embassy in Israel's eternal capital, Jerusalem."

The U.S. embassy is currently located in Tel Aviv.

Friedman’s nomination as the new U.S. ambassador has drawn praise inside Israel.

"The Prime Minister knows that the president-elect has full confidence in Friedman and that he expects to work with him closely and tightly," Radio Israel quoted sources close to Premier Benjamin Netanyahu as saying.

Israeli Education Minister and leader of Jewish Home party Naftali Bennett also welcomed Friedman’s nomination.

"Friedman is a great friend of Israel and I wish him success," Bennett wrote on twitter.

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