Friday, December 16, 2016

Trump taps Israel advisor as next ambassador to Israel

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump will nominate attorney David Friedman as U.S. ambassador to Israel, the transition team said in a statement on Thursday, according to Reuters.

Friedman served as Trump’s advisor on Israel affairs during the election campaign.

"(Friedman) has been a long-time friend and trusted advisor to me. His strong relationships in Israel will form the foundation of his diplomatic mission and be a tremendous asset to our country as we strengthen the ties with our allies and strive for peace in the Middle East," Trump said in the statement.

Friedman thanked Trump for the nomination in a statement of his own, and stressed that he was looking forward to serve his role in the city of Jerusalem, as Trump has promised to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to the Israeli capital.

"I am deeply honored and humbled by the confidence placed in me by President-elect Trump to represent the United States as its Ambassador to Israel," Friedman said.

"I intend to work tirelessly to strengthen the unbreakable bond between our two countries and advance the cause of peace within the region, and look forward to doing this from the U.S. embassy in Israel's eternal capital, Jerusalem," he added.

Friedman, who had also been a longtime Arutz Sheva op-ed contributor, spoke out in favor of Israel numerous times during the campaign and highlighted Trump’s pro-Israel stance. READ MORE