The Union for Reform Judaism released a statement opposing the nomination of David Friedman as U.S. ambassador to Israel, citing that his “views on key issues suggest he will not be able to play a constructive role.” In addition, five former U.S. ambassadors to Israel wrote a letter to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee opposing Friedman’s confirmation.
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Yesterday (Friday), the Union for Reform Judaism released a statement opposing the nomination of David Friedman as U.S. ambassador to Israel. According to the statement, the movement believes that Friedman “lacks the basic qualifications for the position” and that his “views on key issues suggest he will not be able to play a constructive role.”
The Reform Jewish movement, which has never opposed the nomination of a potential U.S. ambassador to Israel before, is the largest Jewish movement in America. “Friedman is the wrong person for this essential job at this critical time,” read the statement.
“There can be no doubt that David Friedman loves Israel or that he has an extraordinarily close relationship with President Trump but those are not the essential qualifications of a U.S. Ambassador to Israel,” continued the statement. “Friedman lacks the necessary temperament for such a sensitive position.”
However, the Reform Jewish movement is not alone in the fight against Friedman’s confirmation. Five former U.S. ambassador to Israel claimed in a letter to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that Friedman is unqualified for the position.