Trump’s envoy to Israel is ready to slay some sacred cows

By Jeff Jacoby, The Boston Globe— DAVID FRIEDMAN avidly supports expanding Israeli settlements in the West Bank, unequivocally rejects a “two-state solution” to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and strongly believes the US embassy in Israel should be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Those positions put Friedman — Donald Trump’s bankruptcy lawyer and close friend —…

12 dead, 50 injured as truck plows into crowd at Berlin market

By Israel Hayom— A truck plowed into a crowded Christmas market in central Berlin on Monday evening, killing 12 people and injuring 50 others in what Germany’s interior minister said looked like a terrorist attack. Local media reported Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack, but security sources said those claims were still being…

No Holds Barred: Tillerson can influence Arab governments to recognize Israel

By Shmuley Boteach, JPost— The pro-Israel community should welcome Tillerson’s appointment. President-elect Donald Trump has nominated ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson to be his secretary of state. Given his extensive involvement in the Middle East with the Arab oil producers and seeming lack of exposure to Israel, the immediate response of some in the pro-Israel community has…

Former Israeli Defense Minister Outlines ‘Grand Proactive’ Middle East Strategy for Trump Administration

By Barney Breen-Portnoy, Algemeiner— US President-elect Donald Trump will need to “formulate a grand strategy for the Middle East” with the primary question being “whether the United States intends on playing a more active or even more proactive role” in the region than it did during outgoing President Barack Obama’s time in office, a former…

Trump taps adviser Friedman as ambassador to Israel; he expects to work from Jerusalem

BY ERIC CORTELLESSA, Times of Israel— President-elect Donald Trump will nominate his adviser and long-time friend David Friedman to be the next US ambassador to Israel, his transition team announced Thursday, in a statement that quoted Friedman predicting he would work from “Israel’s eternal capital, Jerusalem.” The 57-year-old bankruptcy attorney, a Hebrew-speaker, served along with…

Incoming ambassador says looking forward to working from ‘Israel’s eternal capital, Jerusalem.’

By i24News— President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday nominated David Friedman — an attorney and campaign adviser who backs moving the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem — as ambassador to the Jewish state. “The bond between Israel and the United States runs deep, and I will ensure there is no daylight between us when I’m…