Trump nominee for Israel ambassador heckled, questioned at Senate

Cheryl Sanders
February 17, 2017

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.

Friedman repeated the Israeli argument that a major impediment to peace is that the Palestinians don't have leaders with whom Israel can negotiate.

Friedman, does not support the resolution - and he backs several other positions that are supported by Jews in America and Israel, Klein said.

"Mr. Friedman also said that Palestinian refugees don't have a claim to the land, don't have a connection to Palestine when in fact they do Mr. Friedman", the man shouted. "Moral American Jews stand against occupation and against Friedman" another protester yelled as she was escorted out of the hearing.

"You do not represent us, and you will never represent us", the man said.

David Friedman, a bankruptcy lawyer who Trump has called a longtime friend and trusted adviser, has supported Israeli settlement building and advocated for the annexation of the West Bank, which Israel captured from Jordan in the 1967 war.

He showed contrition, though, about some of his past remarks - specifically having called supporters of the liberal Jewish lobbying firm J Street worse than "kapos", a term typically used to describe Jews who worked with Nazis in concentration camps. The more we learned about the nominee, David Friedman, the more imperative it became to sound the alarm and to urge the U.S. Senate, including our own Senators Carper and Coons, to vote against his confirmation. "Anybody that wants to say the United States does not support the two-state solution - that would be an error", Haley told reporters at the United Nations.

Chuck Schumer and others about support for the Iran nuclear deal, Friedman said he regrets them. It later annexed the city in 1980, claiming all of Jerusalem as the Jewish state's "eternal" capital - a move never recognized by the worldwide community. Trump said he would not require Israel to pursue a so-called two-state solution with the Palestinians, in a moment that symbolically marks the funeral of what has for decades been considered the standard model to resolve the conflict. "My grandfather was exiled, was kicked out by the state of Israel", he continued, "and I'm right here, Mr. Friedman, holding up the Palestinian flag, right behind you".

Friedman has no diplomatic or political experience, but helped bail out Trump's businesses.

Trump's nominee for US Ambassador to Israel conveyed his doubts regarding the prospects of a two-state solution, while supporting it if achieved.

Throughout the hearing, Trump's statements on Wednesday at a press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hung over the room.

The letter includes concerns over Friedman's position should Israel annex the "West Bank", stating "address the question of whether Mr. Friedman would defend as ambassador the established American view that annexation of West Bank territory, outside the context of an global resolution, would be counterproductive and a violation of worldwide law".

The son of an Orthodox rabbi, Friedman's nomination is backed groups like the Zionist Organization of America and Christians United for Israel.

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