Trump’s pick for ambassador to Israel has all sides on edge

NEW YORK (AP) — If President-elect Donald Trump is seeking to show he plans to obliterate President Barack Obama’s approach to Israel, he may have found his man to deliver that message in David Friedman

The bankruptcy lawyer and son of an Orthodox rabbi is Trump’s pick for U.S. ambassador to Israel. And he’s everything Obama is not. He’s a fervent supporter of Israeli settlements, an opponent of Palestinian statehood and an unrelenting defender of Israel’s government.

The heated debate over Friedman’s selection is playing out amid fresh tensions between the U.S. and Israel. Last Friday, Obama’s administration allowed a U.N. Security Council resolution to pass condemning Israeli settlements as illegal, a stunning change in U.S. policy.

Trump vows that things will be different after he takes office.

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