President Trump’s nominee to be US ambassador to Israel, David M. Friedman, a bankruptcy lawyer with no diplomatic experience, apologised on Thursday for his language during the “highly charged presidential campaign,” an apparent reference to his comments comparing liberal American Jews to the Jews who aided the Nazis in the Holocaust.
Appearing before senators for his confirmation hearing, Friedman — a former campaign adviser who has aligned himself with the Israeli right and questioned the need for a two-state solution — spoke broadly of regretting his language and promised to be “respectful and measured” if confirmed.
“The inflammatory rhetoric that accompanied the presidential campaign is entirely over,” he said.
Friedman came under fire last year for an op-ed he wrote for the website of Arutz Sheva, an Israeli news organisation, in which he said supporters of the liberal Jewish lobbying organisation J Street were “far worse than kapos,” the Jews who cooperated with the Nazis.
Friday, February 17, 2017