Trump Israeli ambassador pick called Obama ‘blatant’ anti-Semite, called Jews for peace ‘worse than kapos’
David Friedman is an extremist whose comments should render him ineligible to be the U.S. ambassador to Israel.
While Friedman says he is “no expert” on foreign policy, he has been fiercely critical of President Obama’s work in the Middle East, attacking what he calls the president’s “blatant anti-Semitism,” accusing him of “appealing to the vilest anti-Semitic biases of the population” and claiming that he won’t denounce anti-Jewish violence.
Friedman called the Iranian nuclear agreement “the worst international accord since Neville Chamberlain conceded Eastern Europe to Hitler” and likened the agreement’s supporters to anti-Semitic mobs.
Like Trump, Friedman has gushed over Vladimir Putin, falsely claiming that Russia is working to defeat ISIS “all by itself.”
Friedman described Jewish supporters of a Mideast peace deal, such as J Street, as “far worse than kapos,” the prisoners who Nazis forced to work as enforcers in concentration camps. He wrote that while “kapos faced extraordinary cruelty and who knows what any of us would have done under those circumstances to saved a loved one,” J Street activists “are just smug advocates of Israel’s destruction delivered from the comfort of their secure American sofas – it’s hard to imagine anyone worse.”