The outspoken lawyer, who aligns himself with the Israeli right and is a strong supporter of settlements, received an unusually narrow majority in the Senate.

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The US Senate on Thursday officially approved the nomination of David Friedman as the US ambassador to Israel by a 52-46 majority.

Friedman, an outspoken supporter of settlements and a longtime friend of US President Donald Trump, received an unusually narrow majority for an ambassador to Israel, with only two Democratic senators joining the Republicans in supporting his nomination.

The 57-year-old bankruptcy lawyer is in favor of relocating the Israeli embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a controversial move that was narrowly approved by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee recently.

The Democrats who opposed Friedman’s nomination cited his remarks against liberal organizations during Trump’s election campaign.