Trump's Israel envoy pick heckled, expresses remorse at confirmation hearing

David Friedman who has been tapped by US President Donald Trump as the United States’ potential ambassador to Israel

David Friedman who has been tapped by US President Donald Trump as the United States’ potential ambassador to Israel

During the hearing, Senator Tim Kaine (D-Virginia) asked Friedman to clarify his views on the possibility of a one-state solution.

Friedman is a major donor to Beit El and serves as the president of the American Friends of Beit El Yeshiva, the USA fundraising arm of the settlement's Jewish seminary and affiliated institutions, including high schools, an Israeli military prep academy, a newspaper for the religious Jewish settler community and the right-wing news site Arutz Sheva.

The ambassadors said that Friedman holds "extreme, radical positions" and has called the two-state solution an "illusory fix" to a non-existent problem, The Associated Press reported.

While both are illegal under global law, Jewish settler outposts are different than traditional settlements in that they are not formally recognized by the Israeli government and are built on privately-owned Palestinian lands, rather than Israeli-occupied Palestinian lands in the case of government-sanctioned settlements.

Now that I've met and spoken with David Friedman on a number of occasions, I can tell you that the President's trust in Friedman is well placed.

At a high-profile White House meeting on Wednesday, Trump abandoned those positions.

The hearing has been scheduled for this Thursday - a day after US President Trump is scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Netanyahu in Washington. On Wednesday, Trump had backed away from the presumption of two states as the goal of peace, saying he would back whatever structure the two parties decide is best.

David Friedman, a longtime friend and lawyer to Trump, was a surprise pick to become the US's chief diplomat in Israel, given both his prior remarks and his lack of experience in diplomacy. This isn't just because we're impressed with Friedman.

A general view of the West Bank settlement of Beit El is seen near Ramallah Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017.

Other senators noted the opposition to Friedman by five past ambassadors who served both Democratic and Republican presidents. Sen.

Even before Friedman appeared, his nomination was opposed by five former USA ambassadors to Israel who declared his stated opposition to Palestinian statehood make him "unqualified for the position".

Appearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, he attempted to walk back what he called his "personal opinion [s]" and to show his commitment to Israel.

Hecklers take aim at David Friedman. "I have expressed my skepticism about the two-state solution exclusively on the basis of what I've perceived as an unwillingness on the part of the Palestinians to renounce terror and accept Israel as a Jewish state".

While Friedman did not specify who received an apology from him, he has been criticized for accusing former President Obama and the entire State Department of anti-Semitism and for deriding the liberal Jewish group J Street as "kapos", which were Jewish prisoners who helped the Nazis kill other Jews in the concentration camps. He has also accused Obama of "blatant anti-Semitism".

Friedman is also a proponent of moving the American embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and has expressed his desire to work out of Jerusalem in his function as US Ambassador - irrespective of where the US embassy ends up being located.

"If he comes to spend some time here on a personal level, that's between him and his wife and God", Fromwitz said. "I don't believe that for a second".

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