Deb Haaland emerged from a crowded primary field to become the Democratic nominee for New Mexico’s 1st congressional district (NM-01). She previously served as the New Mexico Democratic party chair during the 2016 election cycle, and she was the Democratic Lieutenant Governor nominee in 2014. If elected, she will be the first Native American woman to serve in Congress.
As a Native American woman, Haaland empathizes with the persecution that the Jewish people have faced throughout their history and therefore understands the importance of a Jewish homeland in Israel. She believes that “solidarity, unwavering mutual respect, and shared grounding in democratic values” must guide the US-Israel relationship. She feels strongly that Congress must continue to provide financial, political, and diplomatic support to Israel.
When it comes to the peace process, Haaland supports a two-state solution that would allow Israel to remain a Jewish and democratic state. To this end, she supports continued aid to the Palestinian Authority to promote state building efforts. Haaland is also committed to curbing Iran’s nuclear ambitions, and she opposed and disagrees with President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear agreement.