"I understand what it is to lose a home. After the 1999 elections, without any
warning, my family and I were driven out of the [Prime Minister's Residence], just
thrown on the street. We had to go to the Sheraton Plaza. It's a terrible
Prime Minister Netanyahu, to illegal outpost residents of Amona
who are getting 1 million shekels per family to move off other people's land.
Yossi Alpher is an independent security analyst. Views and
positions expressed here are those of the writer, and do not necessarily represent
APN's views and policy positions.
December 19, 2016 - US-Israel in the Trump era: Ambassador Friedman and a
US embassy in Jerusalem
Q. President-elect Trump has selected David Friedman to be US
ambassador to Israel. Friedman and the Trump team assert that the US embassy will
soon be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Friedman actively supports the
settlements, rejects the two-state solution, and calls J-Street “worse than capos”.
A game-changer from hell?
A. Potentially more than one game-changer...
Q. Start with the Friedman appointment.
A. It is sad to note that this is actually the most “lite” of the
Q. And if the embassy is really moved to Jerusalem and this president
makes good on a promise nearly all presidential candidates have made but not kept
A. ...It is the Arab and broader Muslim worlds that will react
angrily and probably violently...
Q. So what should Trump be doing about the embassy?
A. ...Considering how often and unashamedly he zigzags, Trump
should have no difficulty in wiggling out of this disastrous commitment.
Q. How do the ambassadorial appointment and the Jerusalem embassy
issues factor into the existing divides and conflicts within world
A. These two issues are likely to exacerbate the divide in
Israel... In America, the Israel-related hawk-dove divide is likely to grow...
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David Friedman is a friend of the settlement movement who backs unlimited
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