Former [Left-Wing] US Ambassadors To Israel Working To Block Friedman's Confirmation

Cheryl Sanders
February 17, 2017

Five former US ambassadors to Israel on Wednesday declared their total rejection of US President Donald Trump's pick for Israel new ambassador David Friedman, calling him "unqualified", Israel's Channel 7 reported.

"You do not represent us!" an American Jew in a kippa shouted a few minutes later.

After guards escorted the hecklers out, Friedman faced tough questioning from members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee who are skeptical he can conduct diplomacy given his harsh pro-Israel views and incendiary insults.

He has accused former President Barack Obama and the State Department of antisemitism.

In addition, Friedman supports a "realistic and flexible approach to achieving peace", Klein said.

"So I'm looking at two-state and one-state, and I like the one that both parties like", Trump said, "I'm very happy with the one that both parties like". "I have rejected and I continue to reject the inflammatory comments".

During his testimony, Friedman walked back many of his statements. He also cited his close friendship with Trump and his fluency in the Hebrew language.

Friedman has inspired an intense lobbying campaign that reflects deeper divisions within the Jewish community. We need a steady hand in the Middle East, not a bomb thrower in a position of high power and responsibility.

Several senators expressed concern about the increasing breakdown of the once bipartisan support for Israel, a condition to which Friedman said he'd likely contributed. Charles E. Schumer of NY, the Senate minority leader, as having capitulated to terrorism when he endorsed a historic 2015 deal that blocked Iran's ability to produce nuclear weapons. "I can not rationalize them" He called the remarks "hurtful words" and said again that he regrets them".

"Mr. Friedman also said that Palestinian refugees don't have a claim to the land, don't have a connection to Palestine, when in fact they do", the man said.

Trump's announcement appeared to loosen the main tenet of U.S. Middle Eastern policy dating back three administrations and stunned the worldwide community, which has crafted it diplomacy based on the premise of a Palestinian state co-existing alongside Israel.

Ben Cardin of Maryland told Friedman on Thursday.

"His view that there are a variety of potential approaches, and his view that the US should not impose solutions on the parties, is widely shared". No other country has put their embassy in Jerusalem because the issue is so sensitive.

The hearing has been scheduled for this Thursday - a day after US President Trump is scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Netanyahu in Washington.

On the subject of the Golan, Friedman said that the "Golan Heights is a strategic area for Israel". He has opposed the idea of Palestinian statehood, raised millions of dollars for a settlement near the Palestinian city of Ramallah, and referred to a liberal Jewish group as "kapos", the word for Jews who cooperated with Nazis during the Holocaust. The Gaza Strip is controlled by the radical Hamas organization, while the West Bank is controlled by the more moderate Palestinian Authority.

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) acknowledged that Friedman has said things he did not agree with but said he backed the nominee as qualified, experienced and passionate. "I don't know Israelis on the right- even on the far-right- who would support that".

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