Monday, may 15, in Israel comes the new US Ambassador, David Friedman. He will succeed in this position, Dana Shapiro. The former U.S. Ambassador announced the end of his term the next day after bringing Donald trump to the oath.
The new US Ambassador will present his credentials to President Reuven Rivlin will take office on may 16.
Currently it is unknown where the residence of the new Ambassador. Until now American diplomats lived in Herzliya and worked in tel Aviv, however, discuss the possibility of transferring the Embassy to Jerusalem was weighed and the idea to move residence in the capital.
The new Ambassador takes office in preparation for the visit to Israel of President Donald trump.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed the appointment of David Friedman’s Ambassador to Israel and promised to give him «a warm welcome as a representative of the President of trump and as a close friend of Israel.»
57-year-old lawyer David Friedman, specialized in matters of bankruptcy for a long time worked in the Trump Organization. Friedman’s article was published on the «Arutz Sheva» and in the newspaper the Jerusalem Post. In these publications, he has supported the construction of Jewish settlements and the annexation of Judea and Samaria, as well as promoted the idea of moving the American Embassy from tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Before the arrival of a new Ambassador to Israel has sparked the first public debate between Israel and the United States over the whereabouts of the American Embassy. In an interview with NBC, Secretary of state Rex Tillerson said that President Donald trump is considering, whether will damage peace process in the middle East, the transfer of the American Embassy to Jerusalem. Tillerson stressed that the President is very careful and listens as to the Israelis and the Palestinian side.
The office of the Prime Minister of Israel has issued a statement which said that the position of Jerusalem remains unchanged: the transfer of the U.S. Embassy will benefit the peace process.
Netanyahu also commented on the statement of U.S. Secretary of state in his Facebook: «the Transfer of the Embassy not only hurt the peace process, but on the contrary – will serve his progress, correcting historical injustices, destroying the Palestinian fantasy that Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel.»