Controversial new US ambassador arrives in Israel
Controversial new US ambassador to Israel David Friedman arrived in the country on Monday to take up his post, days ahead of a visit by US President Donald Trump.
“We will get it done,” Trump said, flaunting what he has described as his deal-making prowess.
“It is something that I think is, frankly, maybe not as difficult as people have thought over the years.”
One of Trump’s top advisers, Jason Greenblatt, held wide-ranging talks with both Israelis and Palestinians during a visit in March.
Friedman’s support for settlements has drawn particular attention.
Trump, the parents of his son-in-law Jared Kushner and Friedman have all reportedly contributed financially to Beit El settlement, near the Palestinian political capital Ramallah.
According to Israeli newspaper Haaretz, Friedman has been president of a group called American Friends of Beit El Institutions.
It said the group raises about $2 million a year for Beit El. Punch