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NEW YORK, Nov. 9, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris expressed strong support for Israel and the U.S.-Israel relationship, while voicing alarm over rising antisemitism in the United States. Their remarks to the 2019 American Jewish Committee (AJC) Global Forum offer insights into their stances on two of the major policy concerns set forth in AJC’s statement of congratulations to Biden after his successful election was confirmed on Saturday.

“Support for Israel is too important to be a political football or a partisan issue. It’s about what unites us as a people,” said Biden, who first visited Israel in 1973 as a freshman U.S. senator. “The relationship between our nations has been about the kinship, the connection, the values, that Americans and Israeli share. Our shared democratic values, our spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship, our determination to overcome every obstacle and endure.”

Harris told the AJC Global Forum that “Israel is a critical friend and ally to the United States. I will do everything in my power to ensure broad and bipartisan support for Israel’s security and right to self-defense.”

She explained that she stands with Israel “because of our shared values, which are so fundamental to the founding of our nations. I believe the bonds between the people of the United States and the people of Israel are unbreakable, and we can never let anyone drive a wedge between us.”

Harris also addressed the issue of Israel’s treatment at the UN. “When any organization delegitimizes Israel, we must stand up and speak out against it. Israel must be treated equally. That’s why the first resolution I cosponsored as a United States Senator was to combat anti-Israel bias at the United Nations.”

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