• Trump taps adviser David Friedman for ambassador to Israel

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    WASHINGTON, D.C.: President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday (Friday in Manila) nominated David Friedman — an attorney and campaign adviser who backs moving the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem — as ambassador to the Jewish state. During the campaign Friedman, a bankruptcy lawyer, voiced support for settlement expansion in the occupied West Bank. In a Trump transition team statement on Thursday announcing his appointment, Friedman said he wanted to work for peace and looked forward to “doing this from the US embassy in Israel’s eternal capital, Jerusalem.” During the campaign, Trump met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and afterward pledged to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s “undivided capital” if elected. Trump has not repeated that promise since winning the presidency on November 8. But this week his adviser Kellyanne Conway called the move “a very big priority” for him. The move would break with Washington’s policy of maintaining its diplomatic presence in Tel Aviv.

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