New U.S. Ambassador Friedman Told Trump Chances of Peace Deal Are Slim

(Ha'aretz) Barak Ravid and Amir Tibon - The new American ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, has held quite a few conversations in recent weeks with diplomats and senior Israeli officials, where he stressed that Israel must cooperate with President Trump's diplomatic initiative on the peace process. Friedman will arrive in Israel on Monday to prepare for Trump's visit on May 22. Two people who have spoken with Friedman told Ha'aretz that he has given Trump his own assessment that the chances of achieving a peace deal are slim. "Trump heard this from Friedman, from other people on his team, and also from people outside the White House whom he consulted," one said. Senior Israeli officials said they got the impression from White House officials that Trump wants his visit to Israel to be as friendly and embracing as possible - to both Israelis and Palestinians.

2017-05-12 00:00:00

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