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Daily Action: Oppose Trump's Pick for Ambassador to Israel


Contact:
Sen. Dianne Feinstein
DC: (202) 224-3841
LA: (310) 914-7300
Sen. Kamala Harris
DC: (202) 224-3553
LA: (213) 894-5000

Short Script:
Hello! My name is _______, and I am a constituent of Senator __________'s in ____________, California. I'm calling to urge the senator to reject David Friedman, President Trump's choice to be the next U.S. Ambassador to Israel. Mr. Friedman is an ally of the settlement movement, and has opposed a two-state solution for Israel and Palestine. He poses a threat to longstanding U.S. policies in the Middle East that have been supported by Democratic and Republican presidents alike. Furthermore, he has shown contempt for American Jews who don't agree with his extreme views -- labeling some of them worse than Nazi collaborators. He is a terrible choice to be our representative in Israel, and I hope the senator will do everything she can to stop his nomination. Thank you!   


BACKGROUND
David Friedman, a hard-liner on Israeli issues, has no directly relevant experience for a diplomatic post; however, he and President Trump have history: Friedman, a bankruptcy attorney, represented him in past bankruptcy proceedings, and advised Trump on Israel policy during the presidential campaign.

Friedman's statements on Israel policy and fellow Jews include equating members of the liberal lobbying firm J Street with the “kapos” who assisted Nazis in ghettos; labeling President Obama an anti-Semite, and suggesting the U.S. State Department has been anti-Semitic throughout Israel's history; and suggesting Israel should annex the West Bank. Friedman supports moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, which previous presidents of both parties have rejected as an inflammatory move that would harm Middle East relations. He also supports the legality of Jewish settlements in the West Bank, which presidents of both parties have criticized, and he believes Israel should simply annex those portions of the West Bank. The Israeli newspaper Haaretz wrote, “Based on statements he has issued and columns he has penned, Friedman is positioned on the far right of the Israeli political map—more hardline in his views than Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.”