Senate panel backs David Friedman as Israel ambassador

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‘The US Senate Foreign Relations Committee has backed David Friedman, President Donald Trump’s controversial nominee for the next US ambassador to Israel.

On Thursday, the Senate panel voted 12-9 to approve Friedman, a move that played out largely along party lines, indicating a battle that may lie ahead.

Democratic Senator Robert Menendez joined committee Republicans in backing Friedman, whose bid to serve as ambassador to Israel will now go to the full Senate.

Friedman, a fervent supporter of illegal Israeli settlements in occupied Palestine and opponent of the so-called two-state solution, served as one of Trump’s main advisers on Israel during his presidential campaign.’

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