President-Elect Donald J. Trump's has Appointed Bankruptcy Attorney as Ambassador to Israel

According to the New Yorker,

(David Remnick) http://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/trump_daily_bankruptcy_israel_ambassador_david_friedman

President-Elect Donald J. Trump has nominated David Friedman as Ambassador to Israel.  Friedman writes regularly for a pro-settler Web site, Arutz Sheva.  This website is also published in English.  Friedman has discussed West Bank annexation in Israel and raising a flag in the territory.  Friedman is viewed as more conservative than Benjamin Netanyahu.  

Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law, has been an influential adviser to the campaign and the transition.  He and his family have an interest in Israeli affairs.  Kushner's family foundation has donated tens of thousands of dollars to West Bank institutions.  In 2013, the Kushner family foundation gave twenty thousand dollars to the Beit El Yeshiva, a school in a particularly conservative settlement.  Friedman serves as president of a foundation that raises money for institutions in Beit El.

Friedman is the son of the late Morris Friedman.  Morris Friedman was a rabbi at Temple Hillel, a conservative synagogue in North Woodmere, Long Island.  Morris Friedman graduated from Columbia and the New York University School of Law.  His family was affiliated with the Republican party.  Ronald Reagan attended Temple Hillel with Rabbi Friedman in 1984.

The Trump Marina (now the The Golden Nugget), Trump Plaza and Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, NJ were accounts of David Friedman when he served as a partner at Kasowitz Benson Torres & Friedman LLP.  President-Elect Donald J. Trump called David Friedman when Rabbi Friedman died in 2005.  Friedman owns a settlement in Israel.  He acted as an adviser to President Donald J. Trump on the Middle East and as a liaison with American supporters in Israel.  Friedman assured Israelis that, as President, Trump would never pressure Israel on a settlement with the Palestinians.  President Donald J. Trump would move the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.  Chaim Levinson, a veteran Israeli reporter said Israelis are thrilled with the Friedman appointment and it could be the first time an American Ambassador visits Israeli settlements.

Netanyahu, appealing to his conservative and religious base, was once overheard whispering in the ear of the Sephardic leader and rabbi Yitzhak Kaduri, "The left has forgotten what it is to be Jewish."  Halakhah, Jewish law, discusses the meaning of Jewish identity and atonement for debtors, bankruptcy law.  

Friedman does not have a reputation for diplomacy.  President Donald J. Trump values a new perspective.  Fact, restraint, consideration, decency and history are all qualities valued by the new administration.

 Avishai Margalit, an Israeli philosopher and co-founder of Peace Now said, "What can you say about Trump?  Everything is an outlier.  No one can predict anything.  It's not as if there is a deviation and you try to explain it.  Everything is a deviation.  You cannot rationalize it.  It's a family business, and they treat the White House as a family business, like Don Corleone.  He doesn't feel that he has to please anybody.  You bully everyone and see what happens.  The only thing you can say about Friedman's appointment is that it's not as if some other Ambassador would make a big difference.  It doesn't matter.  There is no peace process, though Friedman may escalate things.  The Palestinians have given up in any case.  They have lost hope in any solution, and this is another nail in the coffin."  

(David Remnick) http://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/trump_daily_bankruptcy_israel_ambassador_david_friedman 

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