Supportive of Israel and an outspoken critic of Saudi Arabia .. KAmala HArris

Posted on March 15, 2021

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Democratic candidate Joe Biden believes that he will win the White House after 84 days, as the date of the US presidential election, this is the clear message he sent on Tuesday evening, August 11, 2020, when his campaign announced that he had chosen Senator Kamala Harris from California, as a candidate for the position of Vice President Is this woman who might one day become America’s first president, and why did Biden choose her specifically?

Who is Kamala Harris?

Harris, 55, the daughter of Jamaican and Indian immigrants, a former California state attorney, has been famous with liberal activists for her difficult interrogation of appointees and officials from President Donald Trump’s administration during Senate hearings.

Kamala Harris, back row left, pictured next to her mum, grandfather and grandmother from her Indian mum / latimes

Harris was considered one of the first critics of Trump’s immigration restriction policies in Congress, and Harris also lobbied for the protection of immigrants who came to the country without documents as children.

Harris made history in 2016, when she became the first black woman to be elected to the US Senate from California, and has opposed critics of “identity politics” who she says “are using the term as contempt to marginalize race and gender issues.”

Why did Joe Biden choose it?

US Senator Kamala Harris’ first-term star was already rising rapidly when she jumped into the race for the Democratic presidential nomination in early 2019. Liberals in the party loved her for being the face of the party’s future, as a young black woman .

Despite entering the race as a primary candidate, Harris was the only black woman nominated, she had been out of the race by the end of the year, even before caucuses in Iowa. Her struggle to maintain support was driven by an inability to articulate clear political positions and backlash from an attempt to attack rival Joe Biden’s race record, during a debate in June 2019.

Many thought this destruction ended her chances of being considered Vice President, but they were wrong. Harris, who ran unsuccessfully in the Democratic Party for the presidency earlier this year, was Biden’s front-runner for several reasons:

  • She has experience in government as a California attorney general, and a female member of the US Senate since 2017.
  • A young woman, age 55, represents a younger generation of American political leaders, something Biden, who will turn 78 years old on the day of inauguration in 2021, said was a major factor in his choice of her.
  • It was a historic choice as the first black and South Asian American woman to run for the position.
  • She is from California, and she’s an enormous treasure trove of Democratic and Democratic donor votes.
  • She emerged as a vocal voice about confronting racism, the need for police reform after the death of George Floyd, in May, and the subsequent protests that sparked it across the country.
  • Biden and his team knew that the choice of Harris would arouse great interest in his campaign, and Harris had no apparent weakness that the Trump campaign might exploit. 

What is its position on the Middle East issues?

The US constitution does not give the vice president much power, other than the ability to cast an equal vote in the Senate and influence the president’s decision. The vice president’s primary responsibility is to assume the presidency in the event of a sudden vacancy in the Oval Office.

But being so close to the center of decision-making, vice presidents can shape essential roles for themselves. Mike Pence leads the Trump administration Coronavirus Task Force, and Joe Biden himself oversaw Barack Obama’s plan to withdraw thousands of US forces from Iraq.

Biden would be seventy-seven years old, as the oldest American president on the day of his inauguration if elected in November, so his deputy, Kamala Harris , is likely to play an active role in government. Moreover, the position of Vice President would place her in a privileged position to hold the presidency herself in the future.  

The Biden administration is expected to reverse some of Donald Trump’s moves in the Middle East, and some foreign policy responsibilities may fall to Harris as vice president. Harris classifies herself as progressive, but has faced some criticism from the left, because of her record as a prosecutor, and her strong support for Israel, and this is her position on Middle East issues.

  • Iran and the Nuclear Deal

Harris reprimanded Trump in 2018 for withdrawing from the multilateral nuclear deal with Iran, which led to Tehran scaling back its economic program in exchange for the lifting of sanctions imposed on its economy. “Today’s decision to violate the Iranian nuclear deal threatens our national security and isolates us from our closest allies,” she said in a statement after Trump withdrew from the agreement.

And in early 2020, after a US raid killed a prominent Iranian general, Qassem Soleimani, Harris co-sponsored legislation aimed at preventing Pentagon funds from being used in military action against Iran, in an effort to avoid war with the Islamic Republic.

  • Israel and the Palestinian issue

Harris has been a staunch supporter of Israel, and months after she was sworn in in the Senate in 2017, she gave a speech at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), describing the relationship between Israel and the United States as “unbreakable.” She said, “Israel should not be a partisan issue at all. As long as I am a member of the Senate for the United States, I will do everything in my power to ensure broad and partisan support for Israel’s security and its right to self-defense.”

Senator Kamala Harris with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu in his office in occupied Jerusalem, November 2017 (GPO)

One of the first legislative actions I took as a senator was to co-sponsor a bill objecting to a United Nations Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

When the New York Times asked her last year whether she believed Israel met international human rights standards, Harris said: “In general, yes.”

In early 2019, she was one of 23 Democrats to vote against a bill that encouraged states to restrict the right to boycott Israel. Like most Democrats, she expressed her opposition to the Israeli government’s plans to annex parts of the West Bank, describing the move as a “unilateral” act that would harm Israel.

  • US-Saudi relations

Since Trump embraced members of the Saudi royal family after entering the White House, most Democrats have criticized Washington’s ties with Riyadh, and Harris is no exception. After Jamal Khashoggi was murdered by Saudi government agents in 2018, she joined her fellow Democrats in condemning Riyadh and demanding answers from the Trump administration. “The killing of Jamal Khashoggi was a tragedy, and it’s an attack on journalists everywhere,” said Harris, after co-sponsoring legislation that required a report on the intelligence community’s findings on crime.

And in 2019, Harris also voted in favor of resolutions to end US support for the Saudi and Emirati-led war in Yemen, and to block arms sales to the kingdom.Both measures were passed in Congress but Trump rejected them.

“What is happening in Yemen is devastating. Last year, the war killed an average of 100 civilians a week, and thousands of children died of starvation,” she said at the time. “Congress must take a stand.”

While running for president, Harris told the Council on Foreign Relations that Washington should end its participation in the Yemeni conflict. She added, “The United States and Saudi Arabia still have areas of common interest, such as counterterrorism, where the Saudis have always been strong partners. We must continue to coordinate on this front, but we need to fundamentally reassess our relationship with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, using Our influence is to defend American values ​​and interests.

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