Press Release

Jewish Dems: Ambassador Friedman Must Stop Partisan Behavior

May 31, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Former Congressman Ron Klein (D-FL), chair of the Jewish Democratic Council of America, issued the following statement after comments from Ambassador David Friedman, the U.S. envoy to Israel in an interview with the Times of Israel published this morning:

“It is truly unprecedented for a sitting U.S. Ambassador to Israel to engage in explicitly partisan rhetoric and behavior. 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. Ambassador Friedman should spend more time cultivating the historically bipartisan nature of the U.S.-Israel partnership, as opposed to being politically divisive in his words and actions, including his refusal to invite Democratic members of Congress to the Jerusalem embassy opening. This type of partisan behavior is damaging to our national interests and must stop immediately.”