Americans for Peace Now (APN) is alarmed by President-elect Donald Trump's choice of David Friedman to be the United States' next ambassador to Israel. Friedman's choice sends an alarming message about the Trump administration's role in advancing Israeli-Palestinian peace.
Trump repeatedly declared that he would like to broker a peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians, but coupled with the President-elect's statements about his intention to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, Friedman's nomination is a destabilizing move, which only adds fuel to the Israeli-Palestinian fire.
Friedman opposes the two-state solution and thus breaks with longstanding bi-partisan U.S. policy on Israel, a policy that even Prime Minister Netanyahu endorses. David Friedman has called the two-state solution an "illusion," an "anachronism," and "a narrative that needs to end." He recently said that he does not view Israeli West Bank settlements as an obstacle to peace.
Friedman opposes the very essence of APN's values and mission. We oppose Friedman's nomination. We will fight it both on Capitol Hill and in the public sphere.