Don't miss the inspiring speeches at The Jerusalem Post Conference
US Senate panel okays Trump pick for ambassador to Israel
By
March 9, 2017 18:04
Nine members of the committee voted against US President Donald Trump's nominee, whose controversial statements throughout Trump's campaign for the White House irked several Jewish groups.
Hecklers take aim at David Friedman. Credit: Reuters.

WASHINGTON -- The Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday voted to recommend David Friedman as America's ambassador to Israel, moving his nomination to the full Senate floor for a vote in the coming days.

Nine members of the committee voted against US President Donald Trump's nominee, whose controversial statements throughout Trump's campaign for the White House irked several Jewish and Democratic groups. Senator Bob Menendez of New Jersey was the only Democrat to support Friedman's nomination; 12 senators voted for him in total.



Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.



The ranking member of the committee, Senator Ben Cardin of Maryland, warned that Friedman had in the past questioned the two-state solution as the ultimate goal of Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations, and said that Friedman contributed to an environment in Washington that is undermining bipartisan support for the Jewish state.

During his confirmation hearing, Friedman apologized for the bombastic rhetoric he used throughout the campaign, including his comparing a liberal Jewish organization, J Street, to Jews who had collaborated with Nazis during the Holocaust. He vowed to remain disciplined in his rhetoric as US envoy if confirmed.

Relevant to your professional network? Please share on Linkedin

Tags:
  • israel us
  • israel us relations
  • two state solution
  • from around the web
    Share this article via
    Related Content
    Donald Trump
    March 30, 2017
    Trump accepts Amona settlement exception, US official says

    By MICHAEL WILNER

    Top Stories
    Israel Weather
    • 13 - 26
      Beer Sheva
      15 - 22
      Tel Aviv - Yafo
    • 11 - 20
      Jerusalem
      14 - 20
      Haifa
    • 18 - 30
      Elat
      15 - 26
      Tiberias