WASHINGTON – President-elect, Donald Trump announced Thursday that he is a lawyer, David Friedman, will nominate as U.S. Ambassador to Israel, for the selection of the messenger, support the Israeli settlements and other changes in the US policy in the region. Friedman said he is looking forward to the implementation of its tasks, “the U.S. Embassy in Israel’s eternal capital, Jerusalem”, even if the Embassy is in Tel Aviv.
Trump, as some of his predecessors, has vowed to move the American Embassy to Jerusalem, a politically charged action that would anger Palestinians want East Jerusalem as part of their territory. The move would also distance the United States from most of the international community, including its closest allies in Western Europe and the Arab world.
The President-elect, said Friedman would “maintain the special relationship” between the United States and Israel.
But the nomination of anger broke from liberal Jewish groups. Jeremy Ben-Ami, President of J Street, called Friedman the nomination for “reckless,” citing his support for the settlements, and his questioning of the two-state solution with the Palestinians.
The statement does not detail how Friedman’s work in Jerusalem. However, Trump’s advisers have insisted in recent days that the President-elect will call for the relocation of the Embassy.
“He has a trump card, the promise,” consultant Kelly Anne Conway told reporters on Thursday. “I can guarantee you, just in General, he is a man, who does a lot of things very quickly.”
An option to Trump allies have discussed, would mean that Friedman, if the confirmation by the Senate, working out of an existing U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem. According to a person who discussed the plan with the trump adviser, the administration would, in substance, that the plant of the American Embassy by the force of the ambassadors, who work there.
It is unclear how far those discussions have got, or whether Trump himself has been briefed on the proposal. Trump’s transition team did not respond to questions about the matter.
Both Bill Clinton and George W. Bush promised to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, but withdrew the idea once in office.
Israel captured East Jerusalem in the 1967 Mideast war and annexed it in a move not recognised internationally. It claims the entire city as its capital city. The Palestinians of East Jerusalem are looking for, home to key Jewish, Muslim and Christian Holy sites-as the capital of their future state.
Virtually all the embassies in Israel are located in or in the vicinity of Tel Aviv.
Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat told The Associated Press this week that he will exhibit in contact with Trumpf employees of the Embassy. Barkat said his discussions led him to believe that Trump is serious about the change.