I am in full support of David Friedman as the next Ambassador to Israel from the United States. David is one of America’s most respected and accomplished attorneys, David is held in the highest esteem by the New York Jewish community as an example of the American and Jewish virtues of education, erudition, philanthropy and communal commitment.
In addition, David has vast exposure to, and knowledge of the Jewish state and its history. He has a gift for listening, respecting, and showing deference to all he meets.
David has been a lifelong defender of the values Israel upholds – liberty, the rule of law and a passionate commitment to human rights – in the world’s most terrorized region. He has shown courage and conviction in speaking out forcefully on America placing its embassy not in Israel’s commercial capital, Tel Aviv, but in Israel’s eternal capital, Jerusalem.
David Friedman understands that that real reason there is no peace is the Palestinian rejection of the very concept of a Jewish state, He understands that direct dialogue will be needed to achieve to peace.
I encourage Senators Whitehouse and Reed to support the confirmation of David Friedman as the next Ambassador to Israel from the United States.
H. Russell Taub