Largest branch of Amer­i­can Ju­daism op­poses Trump en­voy pick

Cape Breton Post - - WORLD -

The lead­ers of the largest branch of Amer­i­can Ju­daism are declar­ing their op­po­si­tion to the com­bat­ive bank­ruptcy lawyer U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump se­lected to be his am­bas­sador to Is­rael.

The lib­eral Union for Re­form Ju­daism says in a state­ment Fri­day it has never be­fore op­posed the nom­i­na­tion of an am­bas­sador to Is­rael. But the group, the largest as­so­ci­a­tion of syn­a­gogues in Amer­ica, says David Fried­man’s ex­treme views and lack of for­eign pol­icy ex­pe­ri­ence make him the wrong per­son for the job. Fried­man tes­ti­fied Thurs­day be­fore the Sen­ate For­eign Re­la­tions Com­mit­tee and sought to re­pair the dam­age done from his caus­tic state­ments against those who don’t share his hard­line, pro-Is­rael views. Fried­man pub­licly apol­o­gized and pledged to be “re­spect­ful and mea­sured” should he be con­firmed as Trump’s en­voy to the Jewish state.

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