The new Israeli ambassador to Washington, Ashraf Erekat, was born in Israel and is a son of an Arab-Israeli woman.
He also serves as a former aide to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Erekats daughter, Alicia, is a senior adviser to the government of Israeli President Reuven Rivlin.
Eres has been critical of Netanyahu’s policies, including a recent decision to build an additional wall along the Israeli border with Jordan.
The U.S. State Department and the Trump administration have not yet made a formal announcement on his appointment.
But Erekatos appointment comes amid growing pressure on the Trump White House to move against Iran.
Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has repeatedly accused Iran of planning to build nuclear weapons and has repeatedly denied that Israel has nuclear weapons.
He has accused Iran, which has not publicly acknowledged having nuclear weapons, of seeking to expand its regional reach.
Eretz is also seen as the successor to former U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power, who resigned in September over Trump’s travel ban, which critics have said discriminates against people of color and refugees.
Erez was born to an Arab Israeli father and a Palestinian-Israeli mother, who immigrated to Israel as teenagers.
He grew up in Tel Aviv and went to the Hebrew University, where he graduated in 2016.
Erecht has also been critical, calling for the release of political prisoners and human rights violations, as well as the prosecution of those responsible for the killing of a Palestinian protester in July 2017.
“We must not forget that the State of Israel was established by the people of the State who lived under colonial occupation for a hundred years,” Eretzes Twitter profile reads.
“The people of Israel did not give up on their homeland and their Jewish identity and fought against all forms of racism, colonialism and oppression.
They did not abandon their homeland for political expediency, but rather for their right to live in peace with all other nations and with all their people.”
Eretts Twitter account was created in March 2018, two months after he was appointed U.K. ambassador to Israel.
“I have always supported the State’s right to exist and that of the Jewish people.
I support their right not to be treated as second-class citizens,” Erez tweeted on January 6.
“However, I do not support the use of force by the State.”
Erekatis tweets are marked with the Hebrew letter חדיה.