VP Harris' office stresses her unwavering commitment to Israel

US Vice President's office working to mend relationships with pro-Israel Democrats after Harris failed to push back on student who accused Israel of “ethnic genocide”.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Vice President Kamala Harris
Vice President Kamala Harris
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US Vice President Kamala Harris’ office is working behind the scenes to mend relationships with pro-Israel Democrats after Harris failed to push back on a student who, in asking her a question, accused Israel of “ethnic genocide”, Politico reports.

On Thursday, Harris' senior staff contacted the influential Democratic Majority for Israel to clean up remarks she made Wednesday at George Mason University where Harris was visiting a classroom of students.

"We were pleased Vice President Harris’s senior staff reached out to us today to confirm what we already knew: Her ‘commitment to Israel’s security is unwavering,’” said Mark Mellman, the president of the group.

A senior adviser to Harris also reached out to Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL), the co-chair of the Bipartisan Anti‐Semitism Taskforce, a source familiar with the outreach told Politico.

Harris’ office also called Jonathan Greenblatt, the CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, Thursday afternoon, the source said.

The incident involving Harris took place on Wednesday, when a student attending an event with the VP to promote voting, said that Israel was conducting an “ethnic genocide” in Palestine and felt that the US was ignoring protests even though Harris had been discussing the power of demonstrating.

Harris then responded, “Your voice, your perspective, your experience, your truth cannot be suppressed, and it must be heard.”

Mellman quoted Harris’ senior staff as reassuring them that the Vice President “strongly disagrees with the George Mason student’s characterization of Israel.”

Mellman also signaled that he wanted to move on from the dust-up.

“The Biden-Harris Administration, as well as President Biden and Vice President Harris personally, have exemplary pro-Israel records, for which we are immensely grateful,” he said.