US rabbis want potential envoy to Israel rejected

Hundreds of American rabbis have signed a letter against the appointment of David Friedman as the United States’ ambassador to Israel, describing his ideology as “extreme.”

The open letter, which was released on Monday, has been signed by as many as 600 American rabbis and cantors, The Times of Israel reported.

The signatories took issue with Friedman’s fervent and oft-repeated support for Israel’s settlement activities in the West Bank and his strong opposition to the “two-state solution.”

“Mr. Friedman’s pro-­settler positions and opposition to the two-­state solution are in conflict with our views and the majority of American Jews who see settlement expansion as an obstacle to peace and who strongly support a two­-state solution,” they said.

They called his views not representative of the American society, and his general behavior unbefitting of an envoy.

“An ambassador is charged with representing our entire nation,” they…

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