Meet the most influential figures in the Jewish world
J Street fervently campaigns against Trump's pick for ambassador to Israel
By
February 13, 2017 15:54
As confirmation hearing approaches, liberal group urges US citizens to up pressure against David Friedman.
David Friedman and Donald Trump

David Friedman with Donald Trump in Manhattan. (photo credit:Courtesy)

Liberal Jewish lobbying group J Street has launched a campaign against David Friedman, US President Donald Trump’s pick to serve as ambassador to Israel.

Ahead of Friedman’s confirmation hearing in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee this Thursday, J Street is scrambling to transmit its plea far and wide: “Stop Friedman.”



Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.



The group is calling on supporters and non-supporters alike to appeal to senators to oppose Friedman’s confirmation, charging that his appointment should alarm all Americans, including those who tend to disagree with J Street.

“David Friedman is a friend of the settlement movement who backs unlimited settlement expansion, has accused [former] president [Barack] Obama of being an antisemite and says that liberal Zionists are ‘worse than kapos,’” the advocacy group stated. J Street supporters were the targets of the latter insult, while members of the Anti-Defamation League were branded by Friedman as “morons.”
J Street President Jeremy Ben Ami discusses David Friedman and Trump policy on Israel (credit: TOVAH LAZAROFF)

“The contempt Mr. Friedman has shown toward liberal American Jews – labeling them worse than Nazi collaborators – makes him a horrible choice to be our representative in Israel,” reads a letter drafted by J Street for Friedman opponents to send to their senators.

Friedman – who has a long personal history of supporting the settler enterprise – has referred to the two-state solution as a “scam” and “an illusory solution in search of a nonexistent problem.”

Friedman served as one of Trump’s two advisers on Israel throughout his presidential campaign. A bankruptcy lawyer, he has no prior experience in diplomacy or governance, another point highlighted by J Street.

Following Friedman’s nomination in December, White House chief of staff Reince Priebus responded to questions about his politics by asserting that Friedman would not dictate the direction of the administration’s policy on Israel.

Michael Wilner contributed to this report.

Relevant to your professional network? Please share on Linkedin

Tags:
  • Israel
  • diplomacy
  • j street
  • Donald Trump
  • Prev Article
    Analysis: Clock ticking for Trump to finalize Middle East policy
    Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu
     Michael Flynn
    Flynn, Trump aide under scrutiny, will attend Netanyahu meetings
    Next Article
    Share this article via
    from around the web
    Related Content
    US Vice President Pence delivers his speech during the 53rd Munich Security Conference in Munich
    February 22, 2017
    Pence: Trump vowed to fight bigotry in all forms as he addressed antisemitism

    By REUTERS

    Top Stories
    Israel Weather
    • 5 - 17
      Beer Sheva
      8 - 17
      Tel Aviv - Yafo
    • 7 - 15
      Jerusalem
      8 - 16
      Haifa
    • 10 - 23
      Elat
      7 - 18
      Tiberias