J Street congratulates Senator Tim Kaine on his selection as the Democratic candidate for Vice President of the United States. In the course of his lengthy career in public service, Senator Kaine has proven himself to be a great friend of Israel and a champion of pragmatic, proactive American foreign policy.
On Capitol Hill, Senator Kaine, as a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has consistently advocated the need for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as the only way to ensure that Israel can survive and flourish as a Jewish and democratic state and that Palestinians can live with independence and dignity. He was also a leader in the successful effort to defang the Iranian nuclear program through tough sanctions and effective diplomacy that produced the JCPOA agreement.
Senator Kaine embodies the vision of principled and effective US leadership embraced by millions of pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans. Secretary Clinton’s selection of the Senator to join her ticket speaks to her commitment to the two-state solution and to a diplomacy-first approach to US foreign policy in the Middle East. We applaud her and the Democratic Party for this outstanding choice.