Pro-settlement hardliner Friedman confirmed as US envoy to Israel

Washington, (IINA) – The US Senate has confirmed right-winger David Friedman as America’s next ambassador to Israel, BBC reported.

He was approved in a 52-46 vote in the Republican-run chamber, despite opposition from the Democrats.

Friedman, who was once Donald Trump’s bankruptcy lawyer, is critical of the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He also supports Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank, and has backed moving the US embassy to Jerusalem.

The UN does not recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and the US embassy has been located in Tel Aviv for decades.

The Palestinians want East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state – but Israel claims the entire city as its undivided capital.

During his confirmation hearing in February, Friedman apologized to lawmakers for his past harsh language and pledged to be “respectful and measured” if confirmed.

The 58-year-old advised Trump on US-Israel issues during the election campaign.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who did not have warm relations with President Barack Obama, welcomed Friedman’s nomination.

Source: International Islamic News Agency