DMFI on the 2020 Campaign Trail
We are working to advance Democratic candidates and a Party platform that echoes our Party’s strong support for the U.S.-Israel relationship. Check videos and photos from our work in states across the country below, or contact us at [email protected] to learn more.
Letter from Vice President Joe Biden
Democratic Majority for Israel welcomed a letter of thanks from Vice President Joe Biden on May 18, 2020. The letter was read live online by Tony Blinken, senior advisor to the Biden campaign who joined Democratic Majority for Israel for a discussion on the U.S.-Israel relationship in a Biden administration.
“I’m honored to have earned the early support of the Democratic Majority for Israel, and your continued engagement will be vital as we build toward the general election,” wrote Biden. “DMFI has been a powerful voice standing up for our party’s principles and advocating for a strong enduring partnership between Israel and the U.S., grounded in our democratic values.”
Read the full letter from Vice President Biden below, or click here:
Attending candidate events
We engaged early in the 2020 primaries working with pro-Israel Democrats around the country to attend events, ask candidates questions about their positions, and caucus and vote for candidates who reflected their values and supported our alliance with Israel.
A DMFI supporter in New Hampshire asked Mayor Pete Buttigieg about criticism of Israel that crosses the line into antisemitism.
Senator Cory Booker responds to an anti-Israel group with grace and understanding after being shouted down and heckled.
A voter asks Senator Kamala Harris: “…Would you re-enter the agreement or re-negotiate better terms?”
Rejecting California’s proposed anti-Israel amendments
We led a coalition effort in California, along with several pro-Israel organizations, to ensure that the state Democratic Party rejected a series of anti-Israel amendments to its platform. The amendments, none of which passed, would have advanced policies that threatened the existence of Israel as a Jewish state, cut off all aid to Israel and endorsed the BDS Movement (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) targeting Israel. Over 850 delegates worked to defeat the amendments, along with party leaders, activists and elected officials. You can read more about our efforts here: California Democrats vote down ‘highly flawed anti-Israel’ amendment to party platform. View videos below from DMFI Board member Sam Lauter and California Assemblyman Jesse Gabriel on defeating the anti-Israel amendments:
DMFI Board member Sam Lauter says we need to stay united to defeat Donald Trump and reject divisive anti-Israel amendments to the California Democratic Party platform.
CA Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel with a warning about divisive amendments to the CA Democratic Party platform.
Organizing in early primary states
We organized on the ground in Iowa and New Hampshire, hosting activist summits, debate watch parties, and working with pro-Israel Democrats to engage in state caucuses and primaries. View photos below of pro-Israel Democrats across the country: