AJCongress Statement on Friedman Nomination

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 3:53pm

Ahead of David Friedman’s confirmation hearing this week as US Ambassador to Israel, Jack Rosen, President, Dr. Munr Kazmir, Vice President, and Dr. Ben Chouake, Secretary of the American Jewish Congress made the following comment:

“The American Jewish Congress is looking forward to David Friedman’s congressional hearing tomorrow.

"We have worked tirelessly over the years to build bridges between Israelis and Palestinians, but now is the time to send a strong message to stop Palestinian incitement and murdering of Jews. Naming Friedman by new Trump Administration is surely a signal that its no more business as usual. Ambassadors do not make policy, but they effectively communicate the message from the President. Mr. Friedman will represent a different approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict than we have seen in the past and we hope the U.S. Senate Committee have a fair hearing and approve his appointment.

“Not everyone will agree with Mr. Friedman’s positions on settlements and moving the embassy, but we feel strongly that a new approach is required to change the behavior of the international community and the Palestinian Authority.  The Palestinians have not been serious about the Peace Process for many years and have been working to undermine the State of Israel both on the international stage, as well as through incitement of hatred and acts of violence against Israelis. The Palestinians and the international community need to understand that diplomatic terrorism has consequences. This move by the new administration is perhaps only a natural reaction to previous events and we hope it will bring a fresh approach to longstanding issues.”