Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Wrong for the Job

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Wrong for the Job

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David Friedman has been selected by President-elect Donald Trump to be U.S. ambassador to Israel. Given Mr. Friedman's position on key issues regarding Israel, this would be a disaster. Some who have spoken out against the appointment of Mr. Friedman have focused on the U.S. commitment to a "two-state" solution, one for Israel and one for the West Bank, a commitment that Mr. Friedman rejects. But this is not the crucial issue.

The issue is this: How can the U.S. facilitate an end to the occupation by Israel of the West Bank, which exists in direct opposition to international law, U.S. policy and human decency? And how can Israel live up to one of its founding principles, "complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion, race or sex," while having two sets of laws and regulations - one within the borders of Israel and the Jewish settlements of the West Bank and one for West Bank Palestinians? …

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