David during his confirmation hearing in Washington. Photo: 16 February 2017

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Throughout February’s affirmation listening to David Friedman apologised for his previous harsh language

The US Senate has confirmed right-winger David Friedman as America’s subsequent ambassador to Israel.

He was authorised in a 52-46 vote within the Republican-run chamber, regardless of opposition from the Democrats.

Mr Friedman, who was as soon as Donald Trump’s chapter lawyer, is crucial of the US objective of a two-state answer to the Israeli-Palestinian battle.

He additionally helps Jewish settlements within the occupied West Financial institution, and has backed transferring the US embassy to Jerusalem.

The UN doesn’t recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and the US embassy has been situated in Tel Aviv for many years.

The Palestinians need East Jerusalem because the capital of their promised future state – however Israel claims your complete metropolis as its undivided capital.

Throughout his affirmation listening to in February Mr Friedman, who was nominated by President Trump, apologised to lawmakers for his previous harsh language and pledged to be “respectful and measured” if confirmed.

The 58-year-old suggested Mr Trump on US-Israel points in the course of the election marketing campaign.

J Avenue, the Washington-based pro-Israel Jewish group, opposed his nomination, saying he “lacks any diplomatic or coverage credentials”.

However America’s conservative Jewish organisations backed Mr Friedman.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who didn’t have heat relations with President Barack Obama, welcomed Mr Friedman’s nomination.

  • Chapter lawyer who has represented Mr Trump in connection together with his funding in Atlantic Metropolis casinos
  • Grew up in Woodmere, New York; graduate of Columbia Faculty and New York College Regulation Faculty
  • Supporter of Jewish settlement within the Israeli occupied West Financial institution (which he refers to as Judea and Samaria); President of American Buddies of Beit El Establishments – which raises cash for the settlement Beit El
  • A fluent speaker of Hebrew, whose Bar Mitzvah was held in Jerusalem on the Western Wall, Mr Friedman owns a residence in Jerusalem and says he has most likely visited the “Holy Land” greater than 100 occasions
  • Has strongly criticised a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian battle as a “phantasm”, accusing the Palestinian management of corruption and saying Palestinians don’t care whether or not they’re dominated by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas or Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu
  • Has urged Israel could annex the predominantly Arab-populated West Financial institution whereas retaining its Jewish character