As a sidebar, Harris is married to her Jewish husband, Douglas Emhoff. (r. a. note)
Mondoweiss.net By Michael Arria Thurs., Aug. 13, 2020
With protests against police brutality raging and activists pushing for criminal justice reform, Joe Biden picked a former a tough-on-crime prosecutor as his running mate. The selection of Senator Kamala Harris isn’t exactly surprising, but it’s a reminder of how disconnected the Democratic establishment is from this current moment.
What does Senator Harris’s record on Israel look like? Perhaps JTA’s Ron Kampeas summed it best when he wrote that “she’s more AIPAC Than J Street.”
Upon arriving in the Senate she criticized former President Obama for failing to veto a UN Security Council resolution on Israeli settlements, then cosponsored a bill that challenged the right of the United Nations to condemn settlement expansion.
In 2017, she attended AIPAC’s annual policy conference and told the audience, “Our defense relationship is critical to both nations, which is why I support the United States’ commitment to provide Israel with $38 billion in military assistance over the next decade. And that’s why I am fully committing to maintaining Israel’s qualitative military edge.”
“Her support for Israel is central to who she is,” her campaign communications director, Lily Adams told McClatchy last year.
At a campaign stop during her presidential run, Harris told Kat Wellman (a woman affiliated with the pro-Israel lobbying group DMFI) that she wanted to re-enter the Iran Deal, but strengthen it. “I was very impressed with her. I thought she gave an excellent speech, she gave a very detailed, responsive answer to my question,”
Wellman told a local paper in response to Harris’s comments, “I’m pro-Israel, so I was I was very concerned and all about making sure we limit nuclear missiles in any country that could possibly destroy us all. I thought her answer was very good.”
Last year, the New York Times asked her whether Israel meets international standards of human rights. Harris replied: “Overall, yes!”