In this photo provided by Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP, David Friedman, President-elect Donald Trump's choice for ambassador to Israel. (Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP via AP)
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A senior Palestinian official warned U.S. President-elect Donald Trump Friday that keeping his word and moving the American Embassy to occupied Jerusalem would destroy prospects of a peace process with Israel.The remarks by Saeb Erekat, secretary-general of the Palestine Liberation Organization, came a day after Trump announced his decision to nominate David Friedman, a supporter of Israeli settlements who said that he looked forward to working for peace "from the U.S. Embassy in Israel's eternal capital, Jerusalem," even though the embassy is in Tel Aviv.Erekat warned of the potential outcome of moving the embassy and a change in the "long-standing position" of the U.S. that considers "the settlements as illegal".Friedman has previously suggested that Trump would support Israel annexing parts of the occupied West Bank, anathema to long-standing American policy. Friedman has also served as president of American Friends of Bet El Institutions, which provides support for that settlement.American ambassadors to Israel have traditionally avoided even visiting settlements.
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