Exclusive: The link between settlement construction and the new US envoy to Israel
David Friedman, who was recently announced as the new US ambassador to Israel, is the volunteer head of American Friends of Beit El Institutions, a group that raises funds for the West Bank settlement.
The Israeli government has recently authorized a construction plan for 20 new housing units in the Beit El settlement on land partially owned by Palestinians. One of the main beneficiaries of this plan, according to an exclusive report on Channel 2 News, will be the newly-appointed US ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, who is also the volunteer head of American Friends of Beit El Institutions, a group that raises funds for the settlement.
In 2015, the group donated 2.47 million shekels to the Sukkat Ovadia organization, which runs the Beit El yeshiva compound. There are even buildings named after Friedman in the settlement.
“The government is rewarding a criminal organization,” said the anti-settlement group Peace Now. “Israelis will pay the price of Netanyahu’s flattery of the new ambassador in the form of a binational state.”