David Friedman, Trump's Pick For Israel Ambassador, 'Regrets' Past Comments

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Today (Thursday) in Washington, Pro-Palestinian protesters, some of whom were Jewish, disrupted the Senate hearing to confirm Trump's pick David Friedman as the new US Ambassador to Israel.

Haley's comments came after Trump said on Wednesday that he was open to ideas beyond a two-state solution, the longstanding bedrock of Washington and the global community's policy for a settlement between Israel and the Palestinians. Friedman replied that he would support either a two-state solution in which Israel was recognized as a Jewish state, or a one-state solution in which all that state's inhabitants and residents would enjoy equal civil rights.

J Street has aggressively campaigned against Friedman's nomination. "If you want me to rationalize it or justify it, I can not". He specifically mentioned an exchange with Jonathan Greenblatt, the CEO of the anti-Defamation league, which he called a bunch of "morons".

He also has dismissed as unworkable the proposed two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The hearing comes on the heels of a press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Trump, in which Trump indicated that he would be open to a solution beyond that of two states, so long as it is accepted by both sides.

On Thursday, Friedman seemed more skeptical, saying "the challenges are daunting".

Friedman is a major donor to Beit El and serves as the president of the American Friends of Beit El Yeshiva, the US 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. He asked him to clarify why he's willing to reverse himself on so many previous statements. Friedman rejected that notion - but he didn't rule out entirely that the end result of the peace process might not be two states. He did say to Netanyahu that he hoped that Israel would "hold off on settlements for a bit".

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Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) called on the Trump administration to withdraw Friedman's nomination.

The controversy over Friedman's nomination erupted in the hearing room as Friedman began his opening statement, with several hecklers including a man who held up the Palestinian flag and shouted about Palestinian claims to the land of Israel. Marco Rubio of Florida and Sen.

Friedman is likely to be confirmed by the Senate, which is controlled by Republicans.

Newly appointed U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley presents her credentials to U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at U.N. headquarters in New York City, U.S., January 27, 2017.

"[Friedman] has argued that two states for two peoples is "an illusory solution in search of a non-existent problem".

Such views are unprecedented for US ambassadors to Israel, who in the past, whether from Republican or Democratic administrations, have avoided travel to settlements.

Friedman's staunch opposition to Palestinian statehood places him at odds with formal U.S. policy positions endorsed by the previous three administrations of Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama. "He has said some things I don't agree with but I never doubt that he did it based on what he thinks was the right things to say at the time", Graham said.

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