Ambassador David Friedman opens up about Trump and embassy move

by Michael Sax

Meet Ambassador David Friedman, United State’s ambassador to Israel – now in Jerusalem. He is doing a wonderful job despite extremist attempts to stop him. We salute Ambassador Friedman.

Ambassador David Friedman

President Trump nominated Ambassador David Friedman on January 20, 2017. He was sworn in as ambassador to Israel on March 29, 2017. However, his interests are varied. David completed his bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Columbia University, graduating in 1978. He then completed a law degree from New York University School of Law and graduated in 1981. David has been a member of the New York State Bar Association since 1982.

Law Career

During his career as a lawyer, Friedman represented high-profile clients in large and significant cases. In addition, he published articles and lectured on new and complicated areas of law. David Friedman has played a lead role in negotiating multilateral disputes in some of the nation’s most complex business and financial restructurings. Well known for his excellent public speaking, negotiating and interpersonal skills, he has been active for decades in U.S. policy as it relates to Israel and the Middle East.

United States Embassy in Israel

One of the most important acts to date is the United States Embassy move. President Trump authorized the move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. In fact, congressmen from both parties praised the move. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said the move was “long overdue.”  In 1992, Bill Clinton promised that his administration would “support Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel.”  Then in 1995, Congress passed the Jerusalem Embassy Act. This declared that “Jerusalem should be recognized as the capital of the State of Israel.” The bill also stated that the American embassy should move to Jerusalem within five years. Bill Clinton opposed the Jerusalem Embassy Act and signed a waiver every six month delaying the move. Finally, in 2018 President Donald Trump moved the United States Embassy to Israel’s capital, Jerusalem!

High Holidays

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