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New York, NY; December 20, 2016 -- Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), sent the following letter to President-Elect Donald Trump today about David Friedman, the nominee to be U.S. Ambassador to Israel:
We recognize, of course, that the key role of an Ambassador is not to advance his own views but rather to represent the views of the U.S. government. That is why we are eager to hear your response to a number of comments from Mr. Friedman.
We have not been quiet about our concerns about Mr. Friedman’s nomination. From everything we know about his views on fundamental issues such as the importance of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict—including the letter Mr. Friedman wrote to me during your campaign—he is unlikely to play a constructive role. We have not opposed Mr. Friedman’s nomination, although it is possible that we might do so. We look forward to learning more about his views—and, even more so, yours—in the weeks ahead.
We look forward to hearing from you, and to your responses to these questions.
Rabbi Rick Jacobs
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