U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wis., issued this statement in response to President-elect Donald Trump’s decision to nominate David Friedman for ambassador to Israel:
The ambassador to Israel plays a vital role in every administration. Before taking on the position, both James Cunningham and Daniel Shapiro shared a combined 35 years of foreign policy experience.
In contrast, David Friedman, President-elect Donald Trump’s choice for the position, was his bankruptcy lawyer and lacks any foreign policy experience.
From his blind support for settlements in the West Bank and flagrant opposition to a two-state solution to his unconscionable and frighteningly causal use of Holocaust imagery to vilify progressive American Jews, Mr. Friedman lacks the experience and temperament necessary to serve as our nation’s ambassador to Israel.
Now, more than ever, we need to work together with our partners abroad and at home to ensure the protection and survival of the Jewish State.
I urge the president-elect to reconsider this appointment and instead focus on a qualified candidate who can work with all sides to stabilize the region.