Hawaii’s Jewish Lt. Gov. to Replace Senator Inouye
Brian Schatz, the Jewish lieutenant governor of Hawaii, will rise to the rank of U.S. senator to replace the late Daniel Inouye, who was known for a strong pro-Israel record.
Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie on Wednesday announced the appointment of Schatz, a Democrat who served in the House of Representatives from 1998-2006.
Inouye was praised by a number of Jewish groups when he died at age 88 on Dec. 17, including the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, which said Israel “had no better friend over the past decades” than Inouye. The senator sold Israel Bonds in Hawaii in 1951, while more recently co-sponsoring resolutions condemning Hezbollah and Hamas and urging President Barack Obama to oppose the Palestinians’ unilateral declaration of statehood at the United Nations.
The National Jewish Democratic Council on Wednesday said it was “fully confident” that Schatz would continue Inouye’s “tremendous record of partnership with the Jewish and pro-Israel communities.”