Tom Udall

Trump's pick for ambassador to Israel faces hecklers and tough questions

Trump's pick for ambassador to Israel faces hecklers and tough questions

David Friedman, President Trump’s nominee to be ambassador to Israel, had barely started his opening remarks at his Senate confirmation hearing Thursday when the protests began.

“Palestinians will always be in Palestine,” shouted a man waving a red, green and black Palestinian flag.

“You do not represent us!” an American Jew in a kippa shouted a few minutes later.

After guards escorted the hecklers out, Friedman faced tough questioning from members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee who are skeptical he can conduct diplomacy given his harsh pro-Israel views and incendiary insults.

In recent years, Friedman has called President Obama, other Democratic leaders...

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