DMFI president and CEO Mark Mellman made the following statement:
“We’ve long believed that Joe Biden is the best person to unite our country and restore dignity and a moral compass to a White House that has been badly sullied by the current occupant. After a legitimate democratic process, it’s clear that Americans have rejected the president’s divisiveness and bigotry in favor of the sound leadership of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. It’s past time for Republicans to accept the election outcome and assist in a peaceful democratic transition of power.
“As senator and vice president, Joe Biden has proven he will fight for Democratic priorities like affordable health care, quality education, social justice, protecting the environment, and for a strong U.S.-Israel relationship.
“Kamala Harris has also long embraced the same Democratic values, evidenced by her important work in the Senate, and has been a steadfast supporter of our ally, Israel. We are filled with pride that Vice President-elect Harris has made history as a daughter of immigrants, first woman and first woman of color to be elected to our nation’s second highest office.
“We look forward to working with the new administration to advance our Democratic values, including a strong U.S.-Israel relationship for which they have been champions.”
As a freshman senator, in 1973, Joe Biden visited Israel, during his first trip abroad, meeting with then Prime Minister Golda Meir, and her staff, which included future Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. Since then, Biden has worked with every Israeli Prime Minister to strengthen Israel’s security and fortify the U.S.-Israel alliance.
As vice president, Biden championed Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system, which has saved countless Israeli and Palestinian lives as Hamas has launched over 15,000 rockets from Gaza at Israeli civilians. He also played a key role in negotiating the Obama-Biden Administration’s ten-year Memorandum of Understanding, which codified the largest-ever level of U.S. security assistance to Israel.