Orthodox Group Urges Senate Panel to OK Envoy to Israel

WASHINGTON -
David Friedman, nominated to be U.S. Ambassador to Israel, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 16, at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee . (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

The Orthodox Union is calling on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to quickly confirm David Friedman, President Donald Trump’s nominee for U.S. ambassador to Israel, at his hearing Thursday morning.

In the letter, the OU noted that a campaign has been launched to portray Mr. Friedman’s skeptical views toward the two-state solution as extreme.

“But there is also no denying that many American Jews — certainly in the Orthodox Union’s constituency — and other pro-Israel Americans share Mr. Friedman’s deep skepticism toward this decades-old approach which has been tried and tested and failed repeatedly to deliver security and peace to the people of Israel, the Palestinians and the region.”

Adding their voice, the Orthodox Chamber of Commerce is urging everyone to do their utmost to help get Mr. Friedman confirmed, according to Duvi Honig, the group’s CEO.

This edition of Hamodia (Features page 5) carries an editorial calling on the Orthodox community to contact Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer of New York, asking that he support Friedman’s nomination.

To voice your opinion, contact Senator Schumer at (202) 224-6542.