New US Ambassador to Israel
Jerusalem, Israel. 16th May, 2017. DAVID FRIEDMAN (C), newly appointed US Ambassador to Israel, signs the guest book as the President of the State of Israel, REUVEN RIVLIN (L), and Mrs. Friedman standby. Ambassador Friedman presented his Letter of Credence to Israeli President Rivlin in a formal ceremony at the President's Residence. Positioned on the far right of the Israeli political map Friedman is known for backing Israeli West Bank settlement policies. His appointment is formalised just one week before Trump's expected visit in Israel and following Secretary of State Tillerson's declaration that Trump is weighing how a decision on a US Embassy move to Jerusalem would impact the prospects of an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal.