Thursday, May 13, 2021

Andrew Yang apologizes for pro-Israel tweet after criticism from the left

 Local Jewish leaders were largely unfazed by Yang’s revisions.

“It’s definitely not going to hurt him,” said Brooklyn government relations consultant Ezra Friedlander, who is backing Yang’s opponent Scott Stringer. 

“He expressed his support [for Israel] and I think people appreciate that,” Friedlander said. 

David Greenfield, who runs the Manhattan-based Jewish charity Met Council, said the criticism of Yang was unfair. 

But his clarification that he cares about Palestinians while also supporting the State of Israel is “the viewpoint of most people of good conscience,” said Greenfield, who hasn’t made an endorsement for the June 22 election. 

Yang has received backing of key leaders in the city’s politically powerful orthodox Jewish community including Brooklyn pols Councilman Kalman Yeger and state Assemblyman Simcha Eichenstein.

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