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Summary

Merav Ben-David, who is Jewish, was born in 1959. She is running to replace retiring Senator Mike Enzi in the race for Wyoming’s Senate seat.

Merav Ben-David is an Israeli-American ecologist, zoologist, and politician. She is the Chair of the Department of Zoology and Physiology at the University of Wyoming. After completing her PhD at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, she worked there as an ecologist. In 1999, she became an associate professor at the University of Wyoming.

Ben-David has published more than 110 scientific papers analyzing the impact of climate change and pollution on animals. She has received numerous awards for her work, including the Barrett-Hamilton distinguished ecologist award from the University of Manitoba and the Excellence in Wildlife Education award from the Wildlife Society. She has not held any elected office before.

The Democratic primary in Wyoming  took place on August 18, 2020. Ben-David won the primary with 41% of the vote.

Below is Merav Ben-David’s record and public positions on issues important to the Jewish community.

Ben-David pledged in her foreign policy platform to advocate for the reinstatement of the U.S. commitment to the Iran nuclear deal (JCPOA).

Ben-David supports continued U.S. security aid to Israel. She considers Israel as an “essential and close ally of the United States for over seven decades,” and has stated that she will “continue the tradition of promoting cooperation between [the] two countries, and support continuing U.S. aid to Israel.”

Ben-David was born and raised in Israel. Part of her family lives still in Israel and she states in her website that “the security and safety of Israel – and peace in the region – are of paramount importance to me.” Ben-David supports the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. She believes that the current policies of the Israeli government “increase the odds of failure,” and has explicitly criticized the “expansion of West Bank settlements, unilateral annexation of Palestinian lands, demolitions of houses, forced relocations of Palestinian families.”

Ben-David has criticized the peace plan of the Trump administration and suggested that its actions have “further degraded the potential for achieving peace in the Middle East, and made support for Israel needlessly partisan.”

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SOURCES

Supports reentering the Iran nuclear deal https://www.bendavid2020.com/platform

Supports continued U.S. security aid to Israel https://www.bendavid2020.com/platform

Comments on her commitment to Israel’s security https://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-born-ecology-professor-wins-wyoming-democratic-senate-primary/

Supports the two-state solution https://www.bendavid2020.com/platform