Congressman Scott Peters

Representing the 52nd District of California

Rep. Peters: CNN Video Confirms Friedman Wrong Choice for Ambassador to Israel

Feb 24, 2017
Press Release

Today, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) urged President Trump to reconsider his nomination of David Friedman to be the U.S. Ambassador to Israel after CNN reported on a video of Friedman bragging about undermining support for a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine peace process and criticizing the Anti-Defamation League. Rep. Peters released the following statement:

“This video confirms that David Friedman is an extreme and reckless choice to be our top diplomat to Israel.

“Republican and Democratic administrations have long-supported a bilaterally negotiated two-state solution as the best pathway towards lasting peace in the region, and it is dangerous to have an ambassador who has so callously undermined this position.

“I am also concerned with the White House’s slow, reluctant response to the rise in anti-Semitic rhetoric and acts around the country, and find it unacceptable to nominate an ambassador who mocks organizations that are doing so much to combat hate in our communities.

“I urge President Trump to reconsider this nomination in favor of someone who will better represent our shared values and our security interests abroad.”