President Donald Trump has nominated David M. Friedman, one of the President’s advisors on the U.S.-Israel relationship during his election campaign, as the nation’s ambassador to Israel. Friedman, whose bar mitzvah was held at the Western Wall in Jerusalem 45 years ago, speaks Hebrew fluently and is a lifelong student of Israel’s history, holding to conservative views that favor moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem, and that the two-state solution is not a viable one.
“I am deeply honored and humbled by the confidence placed in me by President-elect Trump to represent the United States as its Ambassador to Israel,” Friedman said. “I intend to work tirelessly to strengthen the unbreakable bond between our two countries and advance the cause of peace within the region, and look forward to doing this from the U.S. embassy in Israel’s eternal capital, Jerusalem.”
After almost becoming a Rabbi, Friedman chose law instead and heads the bankruptcy group at Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman. He has been ranked in Chambers USA as one of the “Leading Individuals” in the United States in Bankruptcy/Restructuring. He is also recognized by Chambers Global, which refers to David as “the man you want on your side when you are undermanned and outmaneuvered – he’s an extraordinary fighter.” He is perennially listed as one of The Best Lawyers in America in New York and as one of the top bankruptcy lawyers in the United States in the K&A Restructuring Register.