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Summary

Jon Ossoff, who is Jewish, was born in 1987. He is challenging Senator David Perdue in the race for Georgia’s Senate seat.

Thomas Jonathan Ossoff was the managing partner and CEO of Insight TWI, a London-based company that worked with reporters on documentaries focusing on corruption in foreign countries. He earned a Master of Science degree from London School of Economics.

Before moving to London to earn a master’s degree, he worked as a national security staffer and aide to Rep. Hank Johnson. In 2017, Ossoff ran for the special election for Georgia’s 6th congressional district. Ossoff broke national fundraising records for a U.S. House candidate. Ossoff came first in the jungle primary, failing however to win an absolute majority. He lost the runoff election 51.78% to 48.22%.

The Democratic primary in Georgia  took place on June 9, 2020. Ossoff won the primary with about 53% of the vote.

Below is Jon Ossoff’s record and public positions on issues important to the Jewish community.

Jon Ossoff has stated that his Jewish heritage “has influenced [his] worldview profoundly.” He has highlighted that he has a “heightened awareness of the dangers of authoritarianism and antisemitism” stemming from the history of his “relatives who are Holocaust survivors, [his] ancestors who fled pogroms in Eastern Europe.”

Ossoff opposes the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, arguing that it singles out Israel and that it harms U.S.-Israel relations. He has explained that he would defend First Amendment rights to criticize any country in the world, and stated that he will oppose any initiative that seeks to force the U.S. government to boycott Israel.

Jon Ossoff called Iran’s nuclear capability would pose an “existential threat” Israel and the U.S. national security. He supported the nuclear deal with Iran and criticized the decision to unilaterally abandon the nuclear deal with Iran, arguing that the Trump administration withdraw “from an agreement that limited Iran’s uranium enrichment and is now engaged in a seemingly endless series of tit-for-tat mutual provocations with no clear strategy.” To ensure that Iran does not develop nuclear weapons, Ossof argues that we need a new agreement “either based on the prior framework, or on renegotiated terms.” 

Ossoff supports a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but he thinks that the two state solution is “on life support.” He argued that he was “deeply pessimistic that any of the parties, including the United States, are serious about pursuing it.”

When asked about annexation, Ossoff said that “annexation would represent an abandonment of the peace process established in Oslo in 1993, and it would confirm the failure of contemporary Israeli and Palestinian political leaders to resolve these disputes diplomatically.”

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