This is not going to make the Muslim world happy.
President-elect Donald Trump will nominate David Friedman as U.S. ambassador to Israel.
Chemi Shalev writes at Haaretz :
David Friedman, Trump's Radical-right Ambassador, Makes Netanyahu Look Like a J Street Lefty.
It’s good thing ambassador-designate David Friedman will have diplomatic immunity; otherwise he might get arrested for incitement.Judy Maltz writes at Haaretz:
Based on statements he has issued and columns he has penned, Friedman is positioned on the far right of the Israeli political map – more hardline in his views than Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu...
Friedman has challenged the widespread view that Israeli settlement activity is illegal and opposes a ban on construction activity in the West Bank and East Jerusalem – particularly those places that would be part of a future agreement involving land swaps.
Friedman has been a columnist for two Israeli right-wing English-language media outlets: Arutz Sheva and The Jerusalem Post. He also serves as president of American Friends of Bet El Institutions, which financially supports the settlement enterprise...
Lara Friedman, the director of Americans for Peace Now, tweeted: "Jews who truly care about Israel's security, democracy & place in the world are outraged."...
On the right-wing side, Zionist Organization of America President Morton Klein congratulated Friedman, saying that he has "the potential to be the greatest U.S. ambassador to Israel ever," adding that no previous ambassador appreciated the "rights of the Jews to Judea, Samaria, and Jerusalem like David."
Calling Friedman "my friend," Klein said in a statement that he "thoroughly understands the detailed tragic reality of the Arab/Islamic war against Israel. He has a powerful grasp of Israel’s defense needs, the dangers they face, and the danger now of a Hamas/PA State."Friedman has already issued this provocative statement indicating that the U.S. embassy in Israel will be moved to Jerusalem
Israelis and Palestinians both claim Jerusalem as their capital.David Friedman,Trump pick for Amb to Israel says he looks forward to working "from the U.S. embassy in Israel’s eternal capital, Jerusalem.” pic.twitter.com/txqIvxBFHk— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) December 15, 2016
While the international community regards East Jerusalem, including the entire Old City, as part of the occupied Palestinian territories, neither part, West or East Jerusalem, is recognized as part of the territory of Israel or the State of Palestine. Under the United Nations Partition Plan for Palestine adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 1947, Jerusalem was envisaged to become a corpus separatum administered by the United Nations. In the war of 1948, the western part of the city was occupied by forces of the nascent state of Israel, while the eastern part was occupied by Jordan. The international community largely considers the legal status of Jerusalem to derive from the partition plan, and correspondingly refuses to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the city.The U.S. embassy in Israel is now located in Tel Aviv. This apparently will change under Trump for no damn good reason other than to rile up the entire Muslim population.
From The New York Times:
Daniel Levy, a left-leaning former Israeli peace negotiator, said that in naming an ambassador with the hard-line views of Mr. Friedman, Mr. Trump could end up undercutting the security of Israel and the United States and condemn “the Palestinians to further disenfranchisement and dispossession.”
“If an American ambassador stakes out positions that further embolden an already triumphalist settler elite, then that is likely to cause headaches for American national security interests across the region and even for Israel’s own security establishment,” Mr. Levy said. “Especially an ambassador committed to the ill-advised relocation of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem.”