The consulate had primarily served the capital's Palestinians and was the main channel of communication between Washington and Abbas
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.
In a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, William Bar revealed that the U.S. ambassador to Israel sat in on a meeting with him and Trump about joining the president's legal team in the face of the Mueller probe
Opinion U.S. Jewish Groups Say They Support a Two-state Solution. So Why Are They So Quiet While Trump Dismantles It?
Amid a barrage of anti-Palestinian actions, a tacit endorsement of Israel’s West Bank annexation, and an occupation-denying U.S. Ambassador, are the big guns of U.S. Jewry – AIPAC, ADL, AJC, JFNA – really too afraid to rock the boat with Trump?
Move is described by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as an 'efficiency' move, but comes with significant symbolic constraints, since U.S. policy towards the Palestinians will now be directed out of the embassy to Israel
David Friedman says his visit to Ariel included meetings with Israeli and Palestinian businessmen 'willing to advance coexistence,' but J Street says it 'sends a clear message of support for the settlement movement'
Today, the most strident Israeli and American opposers of Oslo, from Netanyahu to Kushner and Friedman, have the upper hand. Sometimes making the comparison between peacemakers and Nazi collaborators, they are busy translating their 'vision' into reality
In extensive interview to Israeli daily, Friedman says the administration never challenges Israeli construction plans for settlements, addresses Trump statement that Israel will have to pay 'high price' for embassy move
There are no adults in the room, anonymous or not, diligently frustrating Trump's cruel, disastrous Mideast policy, only arsonists - Jared Kushner, Jason Greenblatt and David Friedman - dousing the house with kerosene
Trump tells U.S. Jewish leaders that his peace team made 'great progress' over past year ■ U.S. president also says he expects Iran to return to negotiations over new nuclear deal after he slapped sanctions on Tehran
Haim Saban and Paul Singer host bipartisan NYC dinner with the Trump peace team
'You Have to Be Strong to Get Respect': What the U.S. Ambassador to Israel Really Thinks of the Middle East
David Friedman's remarks are strikingly similar to what Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday. 'In the Middle East there's a simple truth: There's no place for the weak,' the PM said
The ethics practices of the Trump administration have attracted widespread criticism. At least 188 Trump political appointees have been federal lobbyists, according to data compiled by ProPublica
U.S. ambassador makes rare visit to settlement, after terror attack ■ As U.S. pushes for Mideast peace, Saudi king reassures allies ■ Sissi urges Israeli public to seize ‘a great opportunity for peace’
Rulers of Gaza hit back after op-ed by Trump aides blames the group for the plight of Palestinians and urges it to abandon violence
New figures show that the refurbishments and move will cost around $21.5 million. Donald Trump estimated $250,000
If any proposal is deserving of the name, it’s the one that’s been on the table for 18 years — the Arab Peace Initiative
It’s hard to understand what the Palestinians’ problem with Trump’s envoys is. Why are they suspicious about their ability to be honest brokers for peace? After all, it’s a delegation in which every member is a nice Jewish boy
Alpher and his fellow Israeli leftists can’t accept that Trump is now president, just as they can’t accept Netanyahu’s success
Last week this arrogant man told journalists who criticized Israeli army snipers for firing on Palestinian demonstrators at the Gazan border to 'keep your mouths shut'
Explained Trump Already Relocated U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, So Why Did He Sign a Waiver Postponing the Move This Week?
Since the Trump administration isn’t fully complying with all of the Jerusalem Embassy Act, another waiver was required – and there may be still more to come
Opinion 'Keep Your Mouths Shut': Ambassador David Friedman’s Crude pro-Israel Activism Devalues U.S. Diplomacy
When Trump’s ambassador tells the U.S. media it’s biased towards the Palestinians and to shut up, he’s not even pretending to be diplomatic any more. But he’s hardly damaging a thriving peace process either
Friedman says criticism of recent Palestinian death toll in the Strip is aimed mainly at ‘my friends in the United States and one Israeli newspaper I’ve been known to criticize here’ – a seeming reference to Haaretz
Friedman had claimed Republicans support Israel more than Democrats
Such a move would mean that Palestinian residents of Jerusalem, and the Palestinian political leadership in the West Bank, would not have an American diplomatic mission that primarily serves them
Six lawmakers sent a letter to the U.S. ambassador to Israel saying he was incorrect in saying Democrats were invited
Al-Azhar in Egypt calls incident with Friedman a ‘Zio-American provocation’ and ‘inappropriate and irresponsible’
U.S. Ambassador to Israel Pictured With Controversial Image of Jerusalem Third Temple Replacing Muslim Mosque
Embassy: Image 'thrust in front' of David Friedman, U.S. supports status quo on Temple Mount
Abbas Aide Slams U.S. Ambassador Friedman as 'Settler, Terrorist' After Controversial Jerusalem Photo
Photo is proof that Friedman continues to incite for the destruction of Al-Aqsa, Mahmoud Al-Habbash says, calling for 'an Arab response to the provocation'
After Foreign Ministry published initial attendance list, several countries – including Serbia, Vietnam, Peru, El Salvador and the Ivory Coast – denied they had confirmed their attendance and said they weren’t planning to attend
Media outlets worldwide reported extensively on the violent events that were juxtaposed with the opening of the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem