Trump's Pick for Ambassador to Israel Takes It All Back

The Senate panel is set to begin hearings on the appointment of David Friedman, Trump's bankruptcy lawyer and a supporter of Israeli settlements expansion who opposes the establishment of an independent Palestinians state.

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He described his philanthropic support of an Israeli settlement in the West Bank as apolitical.

During the hearing, Senator Tim Kaine (D-Virginia) asked Friedman to clarify his views on the possibility of a one-state solution.

"I'm having difficulty understanding your use of those descriptions and whether you really can be a diplomat", Cardin said.

While both are illegal under global law, Jewish settler outposts are different than traditional settlements in that they are not formally recognized by the Israeli government and are built on privately-owned Palestinian lands, rather than Israeli-occupied Palestinian lands in the case of government-sanctioned settlements.

Getting ready to start maliciously abusing their new legislation allowing them to confiscate Palestinian land for the sake of settlements, the Israeli government has informed the High Court they are considering new seizures around the illegal West Bank outpost of Adi Ad.

But he argued that, since then, Palestinian violence against Israel has only increased. Their remarks at the White House effectively abandoned what has been the foundation of USA -led peace efforts since 2002.

Friedman's hearing took place a day after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Trump at the White House.

The hearing came a day after Trump refused to endorse explicitly a two-state solution, a break from US foreign policy since 2002.

But even by Trump's new standards, Friedman appears to be extreme. Friedman labels anyone who disagrees with him, including the entire Obama State Department, as anti-Semitic, Udall said.

The ambassadors, who had served both Democratic and Republican presidents, wrote that Friedman has been "active in supporting and financing the settler movement".

In their letter, the ambassadors asked the committee to address the question of whether Friedman would defend established us positions, like opposing annexation of the West Bank and spreading of settlements there.

David Friedman prepares to testify before a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on his nomination to be USA ambassador to Israel on February 16.

Friedman's ties to Beit El are just one of the reasons he could face a stormy confirmation hearing.

Echoing Trump, Friedman told lawmakers that he would be "delighted" if Israel and the Palestinians could achieve a two-state solution and welcome any deal reached between the two to end their conflict.

This week, Christians United for Israel (CUFI), the nation's largest pro-Israel organization, ran a Washington-based ad campaign in support of President Donald Trump's nominee to be the US Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman. He has also accused Obama of "blatant anti-Semitism".

Friedman told senators he has profound disagreements with the group but regrets that he did not express them "respectfully".

On accepting Trump's nomination Friedman said he hoped to work from "the USA embassy in Israel's eternal capital, Jerusalem".

"If he comes to spend some time here on a personal level, that's between him and his wife and God", Fromwitz said.

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