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Controversial new US ambassador arrives in Israel
May 16, 2017
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TEL AVIV: Controversial new US ambassador to Israel David Friedman arrived in the country on Monday to take up his post, days ahead of a visit by US President Donald Trump.

Friedman, due to present his credentials to President Reuven Rivlin on Tuesday, has been a strong supporter of Israeli settlement building in the occupied West Bank.

After his arrival in Tel Aviv, Friedman visited the Western Wall in occupied Jerusalem, praying there and kissing the sacred site, the holiest location where Jews are allowed to pray.

Friedman, a frequent visitor to occupied Jerusalem, did not comment to reporters, but did speak near the wall with Steven Tyler of American rock band Aerosmith, in town for a concert.

Jewish-American bankruptcy lawyer Froedman has expressed scepticism over the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the basis of years of US peace efforts.

He has also advocated breaking with decades of precedent by moving the American embassy from Tel Aviv to the disputed city of occupied Jerusalem, a prospect deeply alarming to Palestinians.

Agence France-Presse
 

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