The following is an excerpt from JENNA LIFHITS | February 16, 2017 | Weeklystandard.com |
President Donald Trump's nominee for ambassador to Israel took a sober tone Thursday, as David Friedman, labeled a firebrand in the run-up to his confirmation hearing, moderated his views on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and repeatedly expressed regret over inflammatory comments he made in the past.
Friedman, a bankruptcy lawyer by trade, told lawmakers on the Foreign Relations Committee that he does not support Israeli annexation of the West Bank and expressed measured support for a two-state solution, rolling back past criticism of it.
"A two-state solution, if it could be achieved, would bring tremendous benefits to both the Israelis and the Palestinians," Friedman said. "I have expressed my skepticism about the two-state solution solely on the basis of what I've perceived as an unwillingness on the part of the Palestinians to renounce terror and accept Israel as a Jewish state."
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