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Debating Trump's unconventional pick for ambassador to Israel




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Placards reading in english "Trump Make Israel Great Again " are seen in the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv, on November 15, 2016.
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Since David Friedman was named America's ambassador-designate to Israel by Donald Trump last week, there has been a flood of reaction from all quarters indicating just how unconventional the appointment is.

A columnist in the Washington Post argues "Trump's choice ... is a danger to American Lives." In a seeming retort from The Jerusalem Post the headline proclaims "Sky won't fall with Trump's Israel ambassador pick." Democracy Now calls Friedman an "Ambassador for Apartheid," and the least defensive defense of Friedman can be found in "The Hill" where a rabbi argues "Friedman will shine [in his post]."

David Friedman has long ties to Israel's settler movement and has supported stances on the far-right of Israel's political spectrum, well beyond those of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The Orthodox Jewish lawyer from New York has suggested Trump would support Israeli annexation of parts of the West Bank, effectively eliminating the possibility of a Palestinian state. He has served as president of American Friends of Bet El Institutions, which provides financial support for settlements.

With files from the Associated Press.

Guests:

Vivian Bercovici, former Ambassador of Canada to Israel (2014-2016); her op-ed in the Wall Street Journal is 'Why Dipliomats Are Agog at Trump's ambassador to Israel'; she tweets @VivianBercovici

Diana Buttu, Ramallah-based political analyst and former advisor to the Palestine Liberation Organization Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and Palestinian negotiators; she tweets @dianabuttu