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Controversial US ambassador takes up post in Israel

Controversial US ambassador takes up post in Israel

While at the most holy site in the Jewish faith, the rocker met David Friedman, who arrived in Israel on Monday to take up the role of new USA ambassador to the country.

Friedman, a controversial pick for the position, will meet with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Tuesday to present his credentials, Israel's Foreign Ministry said. The intent to move the USA embassy there is seen as the recognition of the city as the capital of an Israeli "state".

He has also advocated breaking with decades of precedent by moving the American embassy from Tel Aviv to the disputed city of Jerusalem, a prospect deeply alarming to Palestinians.

Trump vowed to move the embassy to Jerusalem during his campaign, but has since backed away, saying the move was still being looked at.

Friedman has also clashed with American Jewish progressive groups, notably dubbing liberals "worse than kapos", a reference to Jewish collaborators who worked as guards in Nazi concentration camps.

The Israeli media reported that one of the first items on Friedman's agenda will be to pay a visit to the Western Wall.

But questions have been raised over whether Friedman will be able to put his personal views aside.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has welcomed Friedman's appointment.

At that meeting, he said he would support a single state if it led to peace, delighting Israeli right-wingers who want to see their country annex most of the occupied West Bank. He serves as president of American Friends of Bet El Institutions, an organization that supports a large West Bank settlement just outside Ramallah.