David Friedman sworn in as U.S. ambassador to Israel


(JNS.org) David Friedman was officially sworn in as U.S. ambassador to Israel Wednesday.

Vice President Mike Pence conducted the swearing-in and describe it as “one of the clearest signs” of President Donald Trump’s strong commitment to the Jewish state. 

U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, then the nominee, testifies during his Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing in February. Credit: C-SPAN via Wikimedia Commons.

“The president of the United States of America is a lifelong friend of Israel and the Jewish people and, under his leadership, if the world knows nothing else the world will know this: America stands with Israel,” Pence said.

Friedman—Trump’s former bankruptcy attorney—had encountered significant opposition from Democrats and some liberal Jewish organizations following his nomination for the role, due to his anti-two state and pro-settlement stance as well as his strong-worded criticism of left-wing Jewish activists. His confirmation by the U.S. Senate last week came after a highly contentious debate. 

Yet Friedman’s nomination was roundly applauded in February by more than 70 evangelical Christian leaders, who issued a letter backing his candidacy.

Friedman is the first of Trump’s ambassadorial candidates to be sworn in to office.

Posted on March 30, 2017 .