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Summary

Matt Lieberman, who is Jewish, was born in 1977. He is running in the special election in Georgia, challenging incumbent Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler.

Matt Lieberman is a former school teacher, attorney, and entrepreneur. A graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School, Lieberman practiced law for two years, before deciding to become a school teacher. He was the founder of one of the nation’s first homelessness voucher programs. He served as the head of a Jewish day school.

In Georgia, Lieberman started a group benefits consultant firm and two tech startups. He published a novel called “Lucius” in 2018. Lieberman has not held elected office before. He is the son of former Senator and Vice Presidential candidate Joe Lieberman. In 2000, he was an adviser and surrogate to the Gore-Lieberman presidential campaign.

The special is being conducted as a jungle primary: all candidates are listed on the same ballot regardless of party affiliation. If no candidate gets more than 50% of the vote, the top two will advance to a runoff on January 5, 2021.

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

Lieberman was critical of the nuclear agreement with Iran, arguing that it “could have been better.” He stated that “the benefit of delaying Iran’s nuclear capability may well have been outweighed by the cost of freeing up enormous sums of money for Iran to wreak havoc.” He added that “any future deal would need to look at what the experience has been and would look at what Iran has done with the funds that were opened up to it and take into much more serious consideration given actual events that have transpired.” He would not support reentering the Iran nuclear deal, but rather call for a better deal with Iran.

Lieberman supports the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He said that the two-state solution has been “difficult to pursue primarily because the good faith and true intentions of the other parties as come into serious questions,” referring to the Palestinian Authority.

Lieberman opposes efforts to condition U.S. security aid to Israel and to shift part of that aid toward humanitarian relief in Gaza. Referring to Hamas and its terror enterprise, he said that “anything of that sort that’s been going on in Gaza would [never] be a reason to try to put pressure on Israel through financial means or otherwise.”

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