ADL Congratulates David Friedman on His Confirmation as U.S. Ambassador to Israel

New York, NY, March 24, 2017 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today congratulated David Friedman on his confirmation to serve as the next U.S. ambassador to Israel. ADL said it was looking forward to working with the new ambassador, and expressed hope that, going forward, Friedman would account for and respect the diversity of pro-Israel views throughout the Jewish community and broader American public.

Marvin D. Nathan, ADL National Chair, and Jonathan Greenblatt, ADL CEO, issued the following statement: 

We congratulate David Friedman on being confirmed by the Senate to serve as the next U.S. ambassador to Israel. We look forward to working with him in his new capacity. Ambassador Friedman’s intimate familiarity with Israel and issues relating to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict undoubtedly will be an important asset for strengthening the U.S.- Israel relationship. 

As we previously stated, we appreciate Ambassador Friedman’s clarification and apology during his confirmation hearings for problematic remarks he made about ADL and other Jewish organizations in the past.

As he assumes his new post, ADL is prepared to engage with him to support our shared interests, including strengthening the long-standing U.S.-Israel alliance, stabilizing the region to ensure security for Israel and its neighbors, and pursuing efforts toward a peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, including through the two-state solution.

The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all. Today it is the world’s leading organization combating anti-Semitism, exposing hate groups, training law enforcement on hate crimes, developing anti-bias education programs for students, countering cyber-hate and relentlessly pursuing equal rights for all.