2. SOUNDBITE: (English) David Friedman, US Ambassador to Israel Nominee:
"Some of the language that I used during the highly charged presidential campaign that ended last November has come in for criticism. And rightly so. While I maintain prfound differences of opinion with some of my critics, I regret the use of such language. I want to assure you that I understand the critical difference between the partisan rhetoric of a political contest and a diplomatic mission. Partisan rhetoric is not appropriate in achieving diplomatic progress, especially in a sensitive, strife torn region like the Middle East."
3. SOUNDBITE: (English) Sen. Ben Cardin, (D) Maryland:
"I'm having difficulty understanding your use of those descriptions and whether you really can be a diplomat. Because a diplomat has to choose every word he or she uses. Why should I believe that these were just emotional expressions and that you now understand the difference between that roll and that as a diplomat."
4. SOUNDBITE: (English) David Friedman, US Ambassador to Israel Nominee:
"Senator, I provided some context for my remarks, but that was not in the nature of an excuse. There is no excuse. I will, if you want me to rationalize it or justify it, I cannot. These were hurtful words and I deeply regret them. They are not reflective of my nature or my character."
6. SOUNDBITE: (Enlish) Sen. Ben Cardin, (D) Maryland:
"You, of course, have been involved in supporting settlements, and in conversations that seem to imply that the two state solution is no longer a viable solution. What do you mean by that?"
7. SOUNDBITE: (English) David Friedman, US Ambassador to Israel Nominee:
"Senator, if the Israelis and Palestinians were able to achieve a two state solution along parameters agreeable to them and the Prime Minister of Israel yesterday outlined some of them, I would be delighted. I would be delighted to see peace come to this region where people have suffered for so long. I have expressed my skepticism about the two state solution solely on the basis of what I've perceived as an unwillingness on the part of the Palestinians to renounce terror and accept Israel as a Jewish state."
The combative attorney President Donald Trump picked to be his ambassador to Israel says he regrets using "inflammatory rhetoric" during the "highly charged" 2016 presidential campaign.
David Friedman told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Thursday that language he used "has come in for criticism - and rightfully so." He says his use of incendiary comments is "entirely over."
Friedman had called J Street, a liberal Jewish advocacy group, "worse than kapos," a reference to Jews who helped the Nazis imprison fellow Jews during the Holocaust.
J Street worked closely with the Obama administration and is critical of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The group says Friedman "lacks the temperament and responsibility required for such a sensitive diplomatic assignment."