Washington, DC – U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) issued the following statement after voting in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee today against the confirmation of David Friedman to serve as US ambassador to Israel:

“I am deeply concerned that confirming David Friedman to serve as ambassador to Israel would damage the prospects of finding a two-state solution between the Israelis and Palestinians, the only path to a lasting peace that would bring true security and Middle East stability.

“Mr. Friedman has a long history of making degrading and incendiary comments, and attacking seemingly anyone who disagrees with him. Such a track record would critically wound anyone’s ability to fulfill their duties as an ambassador, but even more so in this position, one of our nation’s most sensitive and important diplomatic posts which demands the highest standard of diplomatic ability.  I believe that Mr. Friedman’s record would make it tremendously difficult, if not impossible, for him to serve as a necessary unifying force who will move the Middle East toward peace and advance America’s national security interests.”