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Trump's Man in Jerusalem Is Harming the Peace Process

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The remarks by U.S. Ambassador David Friedman last week, implying that the United States is giving Israel’s government the go-ahead to unilaterally annex part of the West Bank, are tantamount to spitting in the face of the Palestinians. And they augur ill for anyone who seeks a just solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict based on the division of the land and the recognition of both peoples’ right to self-determination.

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For two years Friedman has been helping draft the “deal of the century,” along with the son-in-law and senior adviser of President Donald Trump, Jared Kushner, and Trump’s special representative for international negotiations, Jason Greenblatt. Friedman said in an interview with The New York Times: “Under certain circumstances, I think Israel has the right to retain some, but unlikely........

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