New York, NY, December 21, 2012...The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today welcomed President Obama’s nomination of Senator John Kerry (D-MA) to serve as Secretary of State, calling him “a champion for civil and human rights” and an “effective advocate for Israel’s security in a dangerous region.”
Barry Curtiss-Lusher, ADL National Chair, and Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, issued the following statement:
Senator Kerry has been a consummate statesmen and a strong advocate of America’s engagement in the world. As chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, he has been a staunch defender of democracy and freedom and a vital voice on issues which are important to ADL.
Throughout his Senate career, Mr. Kerry has consistently been an effective advocate for Israel’s security in a dangerous region and demonstrated his commitment to fighting against anti-Semitism and bigotry all over the world. He has traveled to Israel many times, and his first visit to Israel was as part of an ADL Congressional Mission in May 1986. He is a staunch champion of the cause of civil rights and human dignity, and was an outstandingly powerful leader in the Jewish people’s struggle to free Soviet Jewry.
He has been an advocate and defender of the president’s policy to prevent a nuclear Iran, telling the Democratic National Convention this summer: “Barack Obama promised always to stand with Israel to tighten sanctions on Iran -- and take nothing off the table.”
Senator Kerry has been a soldier during wartime and a soldier in the fight against discrimination. He has led efforts to make America a stronger, fairer country for all of its citizens. These outstanding qualities will serve him and our country well in the role of America’s top diplomat.