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What They Are Saying About David Friedman At Today's Confirmation Hearing

- February 16, 2017

During His Confirmation Hearing To Be The U.S. Ambassador To Israel, David Friedman Confirmed His Deep Devotion And Commitment To Fostering A Strong Relationship Between The U.S. And Israel


TOP TAKEAWAYS

  • David Friedman's testimony made it clear he is "well prepared" to serve as the U.S. Ambassador to Israel, with one columnist for the New York Post saying Friedman "erased" any previously stated reason to oppose his nomination.
  • Friedman's "honest[y]" and passion towards US-Israel policy was put on display in today's confirmation hearing as he proved that he "cares deeply" about strengthening the relationship between the U.S. and Israel.
  • Friedman struck a diplomatic and bipartisan tone during his testimony, stating that the opportunity to serve the United States as ambassador to Israel would be "the fulfillment of a life's dream" and asserting that "bipartisanship has always been a hallmark of America's support for Israel."
  • Elected representatives and members of the Jewish community have expressed support for Friedman's nomination, describing him as a "friend of Israel" with "vast exposure to, and knowledge of, the Jewish state."

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING ABOUT DAVID FRIEDMAN AT TODAY'S HEARINGS

The New York Post 's Op-Ed Editor Seth Mandel: "Friedman Has Erased Any Previously Stated Reason To Oppose His Nomination. What Excuse Will Democrats Use Instead?" (Seth Mandel, Twitter Feed , 2/16/17)

  • Mandel: "Friedman Is Giving Them No Good Reason To Vote Against Him. "Friedman is giving them no good reason to vote against him, so this will be very interesting." (Seth Mandel, Twitter Feed , 2/16/17)

The Jerusalem Post 's News Editor Amy Spiro Said Friedman Arrived "Well Prepared." " It is clear from @mawilner coverage of David Friedman's confirmation hearing that he has arrived well prepared and subdued." (Amy Spiro, Twitter Feed , 2/16/17)

Republican Jewish Coalition's Matt Brooks: "David Friedman Will Be An Honorable And Talented Ambassador And Will Strengthen The US-Israel Relationship." (Matt Brooks, Twitter Feed , 2/16/17)

While Introducing Friedman, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) Said That Friedman Is An "Honest, Ethical, Capable Advocate That You Can Do Business With." (Sen. Lindsey Graham, Hearing, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, 2/16/17)

Former Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) Said In His Introduction That Friedman "Cares Deeply" About Strengthening The U.S.-Israel Relationship. (Joe Lieberman, Hearing, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, 2/16/17)

  • Lieberman Also Said In His Introduction That Friedman "Doesn't Only Pray For Peace" For Israel, "He Yearns For It." (Joe Lieberman, Hearing, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, 2/16/17)

Friedman Received Praise For His Diplomatic Assurances At Today's Hearings Where He Confirmed His Commitment To Strengthening America's Relationship With Israel And His Commitment To Achieving Peace In The Region During His Testimony

CNN's Senior Diplomatic Correspondent Michelle Kosinski: "Friedman Very Smooth In His Confirmation Hearing. Talking Cooperation And Bipartisanship." " Friedman very smooth in his confirmation hearing. Talking cooperation and bipartisanship; backing away from certain words but not beliefs." (Michelle Kosinski, Twitter Feed , 2/16/17)

The New York Post 's Op-Ed Editor Seth Mandel Praised Friedman's Answer On Hamas. " Friedman: Hamas' hatred isn't about settlements, it's about the existence of Israel. Correctimundo. Hope the senators are listening." (Seth Mandel, Twitter Feed , 2/16/17)

David Friedman Said To Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) That "There's More We Have In Common Than Divides Us" Because They Both Want Peace In The Middle East. (David Friedman, Hearing, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, 2/16/17)

Financial Times' John Reed: "David Friedman: 'I Think It's Extremely Important... To Cause The Issue Of Israel Not To Be A Political Football'. " "David Friedman: 'I think it's extremely important... to cause the issue of Israel not to be a political football'." (John Reed, Twitter Feed , 2/16/17)

David Friedman Said That "I Think That Bipartisanship Has Always Been A Hallmark Of America's Support For Israel." (David Friedman, Hearing, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, 2/16/17)

Friedman Said That The Opportunity To Serve As U.S. Ambassador To Israel Would Be "The Fulfillment of A Life's Dream, Of A Life's Work." (David Friedman, Hearing, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, 2/16/17)

Friedman Said That "There's Nothing More Important To Me Than Strengthening The Bonds Between The U.S. And Israel." (David Friedman, Hearing, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, 2/16/17)

Friedman Said That The U.S.-Israel Relationship Was Formed On The Basis Of Common Interests, Including Foreign Policy And Military Interests, As Well As Shared Values. (David Friedman, Hearing, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, 2/16/17)

Praise For Friedman Has Been Rolling In For Weeks

Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) Has Come Out In Favor Friedman, Saying He Is "Well-Equipped To Be Our Next Ambassador To Israel." "'The U.S.-Israel alliance has been strained by the past eight years. President Trump has committed to repairing this damage and making the alliance stronger than ever, and David Friedman is the right man for the job. He has deep, longstanding personal ties with Israel and its leaders, as well as a longtime friendship with President Trump, making him well-equipped to be our next Ambassador to Israel. I look forward to supporting his nomination.'" (Press Release, "Cotton Meets With Nominee For Ambassador To Israel David Friedman," Senator Tom Cotton , 2/9/17)

Rep. Alan Clemmons (R-SC): "David Friedman's Confirmation Will Be A Tremendous Boost To The Goal Of Maintaining A Strong Relationship Between America And Israel." "David Friedman's confirmation will be a tremendous boost to the goal of maintaining a strong relationship between America and Israel. Though the anti-Israel Left may be opposed to Friedman, the rest of us can be assured that this signals the arrival of an ambassador who truly reflects the popular views of an overwhelmingly pro-Israel America." (Congressman Alan Clemmons, Op-Ed, "David Friedman Represents America's Support For Israel," Observer , 2/14/17)

Republican Jewish Coalition: "The Selection Of Mr. David Friedman To Serve As United States Ambassador To Israel Sends A Powerful Signal To The Jewish Community And The State Of Israel That Trump's Administration Will Strengthen The Bond Between Our Two Countries." "The selection of Mr. David Friedman to serve as United States Ambassador to Israel sends a powerful signal to the Jewish community and the State of Israel that President-elect Trump's administration will strengthen the bond between our two countries and advance the cause of peace within the region. We look forward to working with David and the entire Trump administration to cripple Iran's ability to develop nuclear weapons through new and strengthened sanctions, move the U.S. embassy to the eternal capital of Israel, Jerusalem, and repair relations with our greatest ally in the Middle East that have eroded over the last eight years." (Press Release, "RJC Statement On The Selection Of David Friedman As United States Ambassador To Israel," Republican Jewish Coalition , 2/15/17)

Israeli's Education Minister Naftali Bennett: "Good Luck To David Friedman, The Ambassador Of The USA In Israel. A Friend Of Israel." "Good Luck To David Friedman, The Ambassador Of The USA In Israel. A Friend Of Israel." (Naftali Bennett, Twitter Feed , Accessed 12/15/16)

Philip Rosen, Co-Chairman Of Mitt Romney's Presidential Campaign And Senator Marco Rubio's 2016 Bid: "His Whole Life, [Friedman's] Been Focused And Extremely Thoughtful About Israel And About The Political Situation There." "His whole life, [Friedman]'s been focused and extremely thoughtful about Israel and about the political situation there," said Philip Rosen, whose friendship with Mr. Friedman began in law school. (Isbel Kershner And Sheryl Gay Stolberg, "David Friedman, Choice For Envoy To Israel, Is Hostile To Two-Side Efforts," The New York Times , 12/16/17)

Yossi Kahana, Director Of Special Needs Task Force For The Jewish National Fund, Called Friedman: "Very Generous, Very Caring For Needy People And Especially People With Disabilities," And "Not Only For Jewish Kids." "'[Friedman] visited, and I must say, he was very concerned that this village is not only for Jewish kids, that it is also for Bedouin kids,' Mr. Kahana said. He called Mr. Friedman 'very generous, very caring for needy people and especially people with disabilities.'" (Isbel Kershner And Sheryl Gay Stolberg, "David Friedman, Choice For Envoy To Israel, Is Hostile To Two-Side Efforts," The New York Times , 12/16/17)

Yossi Dagan, The Head Of The Samaria Regional Council: "David Friedman Is A Friend And A True Partner Of Israel And The Communities Of Judea And Samaria…Very Encouraging." "David Friedman is a friend and a true partner of Israel and the communities of Judea and Samaria. Trump's choice of Friedman is very important and crucial for Israel at this time. It proves that Trump intends to be genuinely committed to Israel just as was indicated during the campaign. This is a significant statement of intent this morning, and it is very encouraging." (Ido Ben Porat, "A Great Friend Of Israel," Arutz Sheva , 12/16/16)

Duvi Honig From The Orthodox Jewish Chamber Of Commerce: "David Friedman Is An Exceptionally Talented And Dedicated Individual, Who Loves Israel With All His Heart." "'David Friedman is an exceptionally talented and dedicated individual, whose loves Israel with all his heart", says Mr. Honig. 'We would like to wish him the best of luck in this endeavor and look forward to working together on important issues.'" (Uzi Baruch, "OJCC Committee Congratulates New Ambassador To Israel," Arutz Sheva , 12/17/16)

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach Said That Friedman "Has Vast Exposure To, And Knowledge Of, The Jewish State And Its History." "David has vast exposure to, and knowledge of, the Jewish state and its history and enjoys the confidence and respect of Israel's leaders. A man of humility and openness, he has a gift for listening, showing respect and deference to all whom he meets." (Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, "David Friedman Will Shine As Trump's Ambassador To Israel," The Hill , 12/16/16)

  • Rabbi Shmuley Has Been Described As "America's Rabbi." "Rabbi Shmuley, 'America's Rabbi,' is the international best-selling author of 30 books and an award-winning TV host and columnist." ("Rabbi Shmuley Boteach," The Huffington Post , Accessed 2/16/17)

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