Donald Trump announced his nominee for Ambassador to Israel Thursday by choosing David Friedman, a bankruptcy lawyer who is aligned closely with Israel’s far-right.
Friedman is so far-right, in fact, that he once said that he compared J Street, a left-leaning Jewish organization fighting for peace in the country, to “kapos”, a term used for Jews who cooperated with Nazis during the Holocaust.
“The kapos faced extraordinary cruelty,” he wrote. “But J Street? They are just smug advocates of Israel’s destruction delivered from the comfort of their secure American sofas — it’s hard to imagine anyone worse.”
J Street spoke out against the nomination.
He even went as far as to say he didn’t think there should be a two-state solution to the conflict. Saying in 2010, he didn’t think it would be illegal for Israel to annex the West Bank.
His views contradict the views the US had help for decades in the region, even while, sadly, still funding the Israeli government’s attacks on the Palestinian people.
The US foreign policy in Israel has done little to help the Palestinian people as many other countries have begun to stand up for their right to exist and to end the continued oppression by the Israeli state.
The pick of Friedman, if confirmed, would likely lead to greater devastation for the Palestinians and would only serve to increase hostility towards the struggling state of Palestine.