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Trump's Pick For Ambassador To Israel Could Work To Overturn Long-Standing U.S. Policy

In this photo provided by Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP, David Friedman, President-elect Donald Trump's choice for ambassador to Israel. (Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP via AP)
In this photo provided by Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP, David Friedman, President-elect Donald Trump's choice for ambassador to Israel. (Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP via AP)

David Friedman, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for ambassador to Israel, has said he doesn’t think Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank are illegal. He’s also said that the two-state solution long sought by peace brokers is a “narrative,” and that he’d like the U.S. diplomatic mission to move to Jerusalem, which Palestinians also claim as their capital.

Associated Press reporter Josh Lederman (@joshledermanAP) joins Here & Now‘s Meghna Chakrabarti to profile Friedman and discuss how, if confirmed, he would reshape policies that have defined U.S.-Israeli relations for decades.

Editor’s Note: This post’s headline previously said Friedman “would” overturn long-standing U.S. policy. However, if confirmed, he would not be able to change U.S. policy unilaterally. We have updated the headline for clarity. We regret the error.

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