Al Gross, who is Jewish, was born in 1962. He is challenging Senator Dan Sullivan in the race for Alaska’s Senate seat.

Al Gross is a commercial fisherman, surgeon, and healthcare reform advocate. After graduating from college, Gross did an Orthopedic Surgery training at the University of Michigan. He worked for almost 20 years as an orthopedic surgeon in Juneau and later on in Petersburg. He holds also a master in public health from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Before starting his medical career, Gross was a fisherman. He bought his first commercial fishing boat with a bank loan at the age of 14. Gross has not held elected office before. Despite winning the Democratic Party’s Senate nominee, Gross is registered as independent.

The Democratic primary in Alaska took place on August 18, 2020. Gross won the primary with 75% of the vote.

Below is Al Gross’ record and public positions on issues important to the Jewish community.

After graduating high school, Al Gross spent four months in Israel and volunteered on Kibbutz Gat in southern Israel. Gross has said that this experience made him “understand some of the issues that [he’d] been reading about from afar and seeing what Jews throughout the world were going through.”

Gross opposed the decision of the Trump administration to pull out of the nuclear agreement with Iran. He argued that the U.S. “should go back into negotiations with the Iranians to ensure that they do not develop a nuclear weapon.”

Gross supports the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He argued that it “is critical that Palestinians [are] part of that discussion” and criticized President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu for unilateral steps that he thought are ineffective.

Gross opposes Israeli annexation of some lands in the West Bank. He said that formal annexation “would be a catastrophic step that would not only jeopardize the two-state solution, but Israel’s very identity as the Democratic homeland of the Jewish people.”

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