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Summary

Andrew Yang was born in 1975 and is an entrepreneur and philanthropist. On February 11, 2020 Mr. Yang announced he was dropping out of the 2020 presidential race.

A graduate of Columbia Law School, Yang worked as an attorney, before launching a website for philanthropic fundraising. He worked in the healthcare industry and later on became the CEO of a company provided test preparation. After working in start-ups, both as a founder and executive, Yang founded the Venture for America, a nonprofit organization that aimed to revitalize communities through entrepreneurship. The Obama Administration selected him as a “Champion of Change” in 2012 and in 2015 acknowledged him as a “Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship”.

Below you can find Andrew Yang’s record of public positions on issues important to the Jewish community.

During the second Democratic primary debates Yang said he would reenter the 2015 Iran nuclear deal: “I would move to de-escalate tensions in Iran, because they’re responding to the fact that we pulled out of this agreement. And it wasn’t just us and Iran. There were many other world powers that were part of that multinational agreement. We’d have to try and re-enter that agreement, renegotiate the timelines, because the timelines now don’t make as much sense.”

Mr. Yang supports the two-state solution and has argued that “the only acceptable end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict involves a two-state solution that allows both the Israeli and Palestinian people to have sovereign land and self-determination.” In an interview, he stated that he believes that all Palestinian refugees and their descendants have the right to return to Israel.

Mr. Yang has discussed Israel and the U.S.-Israel relationship and argued that “Israel is a very, very important ally to the United States. Certainly, some of the actions that are being taken there are deeply problematic and run afoul of some of the standards we would like to see countries meet.” He added that he “would be hesitant to say whether that they are in violation of those standards.” He has stated that the U.S. should maintain its current level of security aid to Israel.

Yang does not support the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement since that does not help to get closer to a two-state solution. 

He stated that the U.S. embassy should not be moved back to Tel Aviv from Jerusalem, but added that the final “status of Jerusalem should remain a part of any negotiated two-state solution, and we should be mindful of both Palestinian and Israeli negotiators before deciding where the embassy should be.”

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