Trump has named a new ambassador, a coal miner, to be Israel’s new envoy to the United States.
The decision comes less than two weeks after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced his plan to move forward with the U.S.-led negotiations to secure a long-term peace deal with the Palestinians, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The Wall Street Review reports the appointment of Rabbi Shlomo Avineri comes as the Trump administration has made a push to move toward an accord with Israel’s leaders.
The announcement of Avineris appointment is seen as a major concession by the White House.
Avineri previously worked at a coal mine in South Carolina.
In 2013, he was a co-owner of a coal mining company, which owned a coal terminal in Kentucky, according the Wall Street Reporter.
Avinneri also served as a regional director for the National Mining Association, a trade group for the nation’s coal industry.
Avinera was chairman of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and the president of the Coal Mining Association of America.
Avatteri was born in Jerusalem, and his father, Shlomot Avinerii, is a Jewish Congregationalist rabbi from the city’s Old City.
In 2013, Aviner said he was working to build a coal plant at the site of the former site of one of the country’s largest coal mines in the city of Jericho.
A year later, the project was abandoned.
A spokesman for the Israel National Coal Corporation, which owns the terminal, said in a statement the company would “vigorously defend its position in the dispute” between the United Nations and Israel.
The Trump administration, which has been pressuring Israel to move quickly toward an agreement with the Palestinian Authority, has been pressing the United Kingdom to end its blockade of the West Bank, which Israel has called a violation of international law.
The administration has also called for an end to the U,S.-backed Israeli settlement expansion on Palestinian land.