David Friedman's New Book 'Sledgehammer' Might Surprise You


Willing. The book is sledgehammer. How breaking with the past brought peace to the Middle East? I want everybody to buy the book. It's been out now for two days. It is number one in its category on Amazon. Congratulations, mister ambassador. I want everybody to order it, but give us a little tease. Tell us about some of the things in the book that perhaps will surprise people or surprised you as you were the point person for the president in the Middle East. Well, what I tried to do consistent with the name of the book is to show some of the challenges that I faced. And I think the most important one was the challenges I had with the U.S. State Department. And I make a couple of points. There, for example, at one point, as I was helping to orchestrate president Trump's first visit to Israel and he was the first sitting president ever to visit the Western Wall, the only to this day, the only sitting president to visit the western world. And I was pushing hard on it, and I got a call from a senior member of the State Department who called me up out of the blue and said, you know what, mister ambassador, I have a word of advice for you. Don't be so Jewish. You know, what? And I said, you know what? I'm a big boy. I've been around all kinds of ethnic epithets in my life. And you're not offending me by what you're saying, but let me ask you a question. Why do the laws of political correctness apply to everyone other than Jews? I mean, why do you feel comfortable telling me that? You wouldn't go to any other ethnic group and tell them. I'm trying to imagine an African American ambassador who's been sent to South Africa or to Kenya as the American ambassador. I'm trying to imagine a State Department official getting away not being escorted out of the building, nanoseconds after saying to the president's envoy. Can you be a little less African, please?

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