Largest US Jewish group denounces Trump’s choice for ambassador to Israel

Reform Jewish movement statement says David Friedman has ‘extreme views’ on settlements and two-state solution

The largest Jewish group in the US, the Reform Jewish movement, declared on Friday its opposition to the appointment of David Friedman as US ambassador to Israel.

“This is a critical moment. Never before have we opposed the nomination of a US ambassador,” Rabbi Rick Jacobs, the president of the Union for Reform Judaism, said in a statement. “We do so now because of the imperative need for us to voice our concerns about this critically important appointment. Our statement comes from our deep love for Israel and our fear that longstanding bipartisan support for Israel hangs in the balance.”

The statement, signed by the leaders of the organisation, said Friedman “lacks the basic qualifications for the position” and “lacks the necessary temperament for such a sensitive position”.

The organisation cited Friedman’s “extreme views” on the two-state solution, settlements and moving the US embassy to Jerusalem as primary areas of concern.

The group said that Friedman “is the wrong person for this essential job at this critical time.