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Tell your Senators: Oppose Friedman for Israel Ambassador
David Friedman’s record of funding illegal Israeli settlements, his support for Israeli annexation of the West Bank and his likening of supporters of the two-state solution to Nazi collaborators should disqualify him from one of the most sensitive and complex diplomatic postings in the world.
UPDATE: On March 9, David Friedman squeaked out approval from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee by a two vote margin. The narrow margin of the vote reflects the growing grassroots mobilization to the pro-settlement, pro-occupation policies that Mr. Friedman has promoted. Constituents should continue calling before Friedman's nomination goes before the full Senate.
On February 15, President Trump met with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. The following day, the Senate will began consideration of David Friedman as the next U.S. Ambassador to Israel.
- Supported and provided financing for expanding Israeli settlements, Jewish-only residential areas built on Palestinian land which are illegal under international law
- Argued for Israeli annexation of the West Bank
- Called liberal Jews ‘worse than kapos,’ Jewish collaborators with the Nazis.
- Likened support for the Iran deal to Nazi appeasement
- Promoted Islamophobic conspiracy theories
His nomination is opposed by a broad spectrum of Jewish organizations, U.S. representatives in the House, editorial boards, and others, including FCNL.
The Trump administration has already upended a half century of bipartisan U.S. opposition to Israeli settlements by initially stating that the administration does not have an ‘official position’ on the matter. After facing a torrent of criticism, the president appeared to backtrack partly from this statement in an interview late last week. Our Senators will be key to ensuring that this administration does not set U.S. policy on the path to permanent war in the Middle East.
For more information, check out FCNL’s resource page for more on the broad spectrum of opposition to Friedman’s nomination, and the USA Today op-ed by Senators Dianne Feinstein (CA) and Martin Heinrich (NM) which highlights that Friedman has been a benefactor of Israeli settlements and “has demonstrated an openly hostile attitude to a two-state solution.” Also, please watch the most powerful moment of the hearing, when Sen. Jeanne Shaheen read aloud a letter opposing Friedman's nomination written by a constituent whose great uncle survived the Holocaust: