Israelis are going to have a friend in president-elect Donald Trump “never seen before” by the State of Israel, David Friedman, Trump’s adviser on Jewish and Israeli matters, told The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday.
Speaking shortly after Trump delivered his victory speech in New York, Friedman, co-chair of the president- elect’s Israel Advisory Committee, said the hostility that existed between Washington and Jerusalem under President Barack Obama would completely disappear in a Trump presidency.
“The level of friendship between the US and Israel is going to grow like never before, and it will be better than ever, even the way it was under Republican administrations in the past,” he told the Post.
Friedman is said to be a leading candidate to become the new US ambassador to Israel.
He said one of the administration’s first moves would be to follow through on a campaign promise that Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, made last month, according to which her father would move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
“It was a campaign promise, and there is every intention to keep it,” Friedman said. “We are going to see a very different relationship between America and Israel in a positive way.”
One change he hinted at was the removal of the restriction on Israel not to ask the US for additional money, as stipulated in the new 10-year $38 million military aid deal signed recently.
“The hostility will be gone between Israel and the US,” Friedman said. “We know how Obama treated the prime minister of Israel and how [Hillary] Clinton berated the prime minister.... We will move forward with mutual respect and mutual love and a much better future for the US and Israel.”