Democrats don’t like Friedman’s past positions opposing the creation of a Palestinian state and his support of Israeli settlements. According to Senate Foreign Relations committee Democrat Benjamin Cardin, Friedman’s positions undermine his credibility to be a “facilitator for a level playing field negotiation for a two-state solution.”
The driving distance is about the same from the border of the Palestinian state that Cardin wants to Tel Aviv as from Capitol Hill to the border of Cardin’s state of Maryland. I wonder if Cardin would be anxious to have a half hour from his border an independent nation with a history of violence and terrorism that refuses to recognize the legitimate existence of his home.
Freedom House in Washington, D.C., a nonpartisan group that rates freedom in countries around the world — evaluating political rights and civil liberties — grades countries from 1 to 7, with 1 being most free. Israel is among the freest nations in the world, receiving a grade of 1.5. The Palestinian Authority received the lowest possible grade, 7, dropping from a 6 rating of last year.
Not only is the Palestinian Authority an ongoing security threat for Israel, it embodies none of the values Americans cherish.
Yet, in a Gallup poll of a few weeks ago, 82 percent of Republicans expressed more sympathy for Israel than for the Palestinians, compared with only 47 percent of Democrats.
If most Democrats are not more sympathetic to a nation that shares American values than one that does not, what exactly is the Democratic Party about? More perplexing, Democrats blindly support creating another undemocratic Muslim state to add to the massive problems we already have in that region.
According to U.N. Watch, in 2016 the U.N. General Assembly adopted 20 resolutions against Israel and only six resolutions on the rest of the world combined, with three on Syria, one each on Iran, North Korea and Crimea.
American foreign policy, particularly in the Middle East, is badly in need of a wake-up call.
Our ally Israel, one small and lonely democracy in a hostile Middle East, is badly in need of clear, America support.
David Friedman is the right man to represent America in Israel, and I look forward to his confirmation.