United States Ambassador to Israel David Friedman met with a delegation organized by the left-wing organization J Street on Monday, despite having previously called the dovish group “worse than kapos” — the Jews who assisted the Nazis during the Holocaust.
The delegation included seven Democratic congressmen and J Street’s senior leadership. Friedman had vowed at his confirmation hearings to meet with actors across the political spectrum.
A close confidant and sometime attorney for President Trump, Friedman upset many on the Jewish left with comments denigrating J Street and other liberal elements within the Jewish community.
J Street issued a statement after the meeting thanking Friedman for his attention and stressing the importance of dialogue. “We value Ambassador Friedman’s willingness to meet with Congressmen as part of the pro-Israel lobby J Street,” the statement read. “We believe it is vital to keep an open line of communication between Jewish American and Israeli leaders with different political backgrounds.”