Former Rep. Ron Klein (D-Fla.), chairman of the Jewish Democratic Council of America, issued a statement on Thursday rebuking Friedman’s remarks.
“It is truly unprecedented for a sitting U.S. Ambassador to Israel to engage in explicitly partisan rhetoric and behavior,” Klein wrote. “Ambassador Friedman must remember that he is not the head of the Republican National Committee or the Republican Jewish Coalition political organization. He is the U.S. Ambassador, as confirmed by the U.S. Senate, to represent all Americans in Israel — not just those of one party, or those who share his political views.”
Klein went on to denounce Friedman for being “politically divisive,” including his decision not to invite Democratic members of Congress to the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem earlier this month — a move, Klein wrote, that was “damaging to our national interests.”