August 30, 2019

The Most Undiplomatic of Diplomats Is Trump’s Man in Middle East

Featuring Ilan Goldenberg

Source: Bloomberg

Journalists David Wainer, Ivan Levingston

As the top American envoy to one of the world’s most volatile regions, David Friedman is anything but diplomatic.

Donald Trump’s ambassador to Israel broke the mold of non-partisan predecessors by outraging Palestinians with comments that the Jewish state has a right to annex some areas of the West Bank.

In June, he inaugurated an archaeological dig under Palestinian homes at an event also attended by billionaire Sheldon Adelson, one of the largest donors to the Trump campaign. When Israel barred two Democratic congresswomen from visiting this month, Friedman backed the decision.

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Authors

  • Ilan Goldenberg

    Senior Fellow and Director, Middle East Security Program

    Ilan Goldenberg is Senior Fellow and Director of the Middle East Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. He is a foreign policy and defense expert with ext...