Susan Rice appointment as national security advisor praised by Jewish groups

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(JNS.org) Jewish groups on Wednesday praised the appointment of outgoing U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice as National Security Advisor. Rice will replace Tom Donilon.Susan_Riceofficial_State_Dept_photo

“Without question, Susan Rice has served the Obama Administration well in the United Nations and has made combatting anti-Israel bias a top priority for the U.S. delegation,” National Jewish Democratic Council Chair Marc R. Stanley said in a statement.

American Jewish Committee Executive Director David Harris said in a statement, “With regard to the Middle East, Ambassador Rice has strenuously opposed Iran’s nuclear ambitions and human rights transgressions.” B’nai B’rith International pointed out that Rice “often defended Israel against malicious one-sided [UN] resolutions intended to demonize and delegitimize the Jewish state.”

Rabbi Julie Schonfeld, executive vice president of the Conservative movement’s Rabbinical Assembly, noted that Rice “has successfully led efforts to advance U.S. interests, including saving countless Libyans, supporting the historic independence of South Sudan after years of genocide and horror, and delivering the tightest sanctions on Iran and North Korea.”

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