Ann Kirkpatrick visited Israel in 2009 as a Member of Congress and saw firsthand Israel’s vibrant culture and complex politics. She is committed to the two-state solution and believes that the United States has a special role to play in bringing the parties to the table. Ann strongly believes in bilateral peace negotiations and to that end, saw Trump’s decision to unilaterally move the US embassy to Jerusalem as complicating the path toward peace. Ann believes that there must be mutual respect and dignity for all sides in this conflict in order to spur progress or successful negotiations. Additionally, Kirkpatrick is against the BDS movement, but as a proponent of free speech, does not support efforts in Congress that would penalize or criminalize BDS activities.
Ann supported the JCPOA and saw it as an effective way to keep Iran from developing nuclear weapons. She believes that now, since President Trump withdrew from the deal, the US must work towards diplomatic re-engagement.