On Thursday, President Trump’s pick to be the next US ambassador to Israel sat before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for his confirmation hearing.
Many of Trump’s cabinet nominees have been controversial—notable for their lack of experience, ties to Wall Street, sheer incompetence or antipathy toward the very agencies they are supposed to lead. But David Friedman, a Jewish bankruptcy lawyer from Long Island with no diplomatic experience, may be his most “unusual” pick yet.
“Most infamously, he called supporters of J Street, the left-leaning pro-Israel… lobby group “far worse than kapos — Jews who turned in their fellow Jews in the Nazi death camps,” says Wildman.
Friedman “has called the Anti-Defamation League ‘morons,‘ accused Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) of ‘validating the worst appeasement of terrorism since Munich,’ and “accused former President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry of ‘blatant anti-Semitism,'” Wildman points out, and “was called upon again and again during his hearings to repudiate his language.”
But it’s more his radical position on Israeli settlements, particularly in the West Bank, that have many Jewish groups in the US and in Israel up in arms over his possible appointment.