'Great feeling for peace throughout the Middle East,' says the U.S. president at a meeting with his Israeli counterpart
David Friedman is Donald Trump's designated U.S. Ambassador to Israel.
During Trump's presidential run, Friedman was among the top advisers to say the president-elect would recognize united Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and implement Congress' decision to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem.
Friedman, an Orthodox bankruptcy lawyer who has for years worked for Trump and his real estate business, is positioned on the far right of the Israeli political map - more hardline in his views than Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Before the election, Jason Greenblatt and David Friedman penned a joint position paper putting Trump far to the right on Israel and the Palestinians. Now they seem to be dragging the administration in different directions
On his first day in office, new American envoy hears from president, prime minister that embassy should be relocated to Jerusalem
Tyler, who will perform in Tel Aviv on Wednesday, reportedly exchanged a few words with the new U.S. envoy to Israel during their chance meeting at the Western Wall
Friedman will present his credentials to President Reuven Rivlin on Tuesday before spending the week preparing for Trump's visit next week
Israel shouldn't get into confrontations with Trump on peace initiative, David Friedman tells senior Israeli officials ■ Both Israel and Palestinians trying to influence Trump's speech in Masada
The Trump confidant was criticized in the weeks leading up to his confirmation for a long list of past controversial statements.
David Friedman may have pledged to distance himself from the settlement movement - his son-in-law has not.
Controversial Trump appointment passes ■ Netanyahu: Israel welcomes Friedman as 'a staunch friend of Israel' ■ J Street 'heartened by unprecedented level of opposition.'
Joining more than ten Democrats who oppose Trump's pick for Israel ambassador, the longest-serving member of Senate says there are 'qualified Americans who could capably support that role, Mr. Friedman is not among them.'