WASHINGTON (CN) – President-elect Donald Trump Thursday selected attorney David Friedman to serve as his next ambassador to Israel, doubling down on his calls to move the U.S. embassy in the country to Jerusalem.
Friedman, a founding partner of Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP, is seen as staunchly pro-Israel and in June called J Street, a Jewish advocacy group that advocates for a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict, “worse than capos.”
Friedman was an advisor to Trump on Israel during the campaign.
In a joint statement with Trump announcing the nomination, Friedman embraced Trump’s plan to move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which would break with international norms and likely anger Palestinians who claim the ancient city as their own.
“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 in the statement. “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.”