The U.S. embassy has for decades been located in Tel Aviv. Trump had pledged during the presidential campaign to move it to Yerushalayim, a move almost certain to provoke objections from Muslims around the world.
Earlier in the article, Friedman is quoted as saying he looks forward to taking up his post in Yerushalayim.
About a month and a half ago, prior to the election, David Friedman and Jason Dov Greenblatt, Co-Chairmen of the Israel Advisory Committee to Donald J. Trump, co-authored a 16-point position statement about Israel and the United States’ relationship to Israel. The statement indicates that Friedman is strongly right-leaning:
- Israel is the state of the Jewish people, who have lived in that land for 3,500 years.
- The U.S. should veto any United Nations votes that unfairly single out Israel
- The U.S. should cut off funds for the UN Human Rights Council
- A two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians appears impossible as long as the Palestinians are unwilling to renounce violence against Israel or recognize Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state.
- The U.S. should support direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians without preconditions
- Pressure should not be put on Israel to withdraw to borders that make attacks and conflict more likely