Peter Buttigieg was born in 1982 and is currently serving as the Mayor of South Bend, Indiana.
Pete Buttigieg was first elected mayor of South Bend in 2011 and reelected in 2015. Prior to running for mayor, he ran for State Treasurer of Indiana in 2010, winning the Democratic nomination, but losing the general election. In 2017, Buttigieg was a candidate to become Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, but he withdrew from the race on election day. In late 2018, Buttigieg announced that he would not run for a third mayoral term.
Mayor Buttigieg served as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve. As mayor, he took a leave of absence in 2014 to serve in Afghanistan for a seven-month deployment. He remained a lieutenant in the Navy Reserve until 2017.
Below is Mayor Buttigieg’s record and public positions on issues important to the Jewish community.
During an event in Iowa in August 2019, Mayor Buttigieg said President Trump’s official recognition of Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights was an “interference” in the State of Israel and its politics. “There are very legitimate Israeli security concerns. … That being said, I would have … had this be part of a negotiated discussion. The really upsetting thing about what was done with the Golan Heights was that it was an intervention in Israeli domestic politics.”
Mayor Buttigieg declared in June 2019 that he would reenter the Iran nuclear deal if he is elected President, arguing that the agreement made the U.S. safer and that getting out of it contributed to instability in the Middle East. He stated that “whatever its imperfections, the Iran deal was perhaps as close to a true ‘art of the deal’ as it gets.”
Mayor Buttigieg has said that he is committed to Israel’s security and the U.S.-Israel alliance, but that does not mean that he has accept “the political agenda of the Israeli government.” He has declared his support for the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and argued that “a two-state solution that achieves legitimate Palestinian aspirations and meets Israel’s security needs remains the only viable way forward.” In April 2019, he criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for declarations that he regarded as abandonment of the two-state solution. In June 2019, he stated that if “Prime Minister makes good on his promises to annex West Bank’s settlements, President Buttigieg would take steps to ensure that American taxpayers won’t help foot the bill.”
Mayor Buttigieg has argued that Israel should not be a partisan issue and argued that following a visit to Israel he felt “more motivated than ever to make sure the U.S. is an ally.” He has called for bipartisanship also in efforts to counter anti-Semitism, arguing that “fighting anti-Semitism, like fighting all forms of hate, must be a bipartisan cause.”
Mayor Buttigieg criticized the decision of the U.S. administration to move the embassy to Jerusalem, but said he would not reverse the decision if he were to be elected President. He also criticized the decision to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights by arguing that those were decisions to “intervene in Israeli domestic politics through American policy.”
Criticized US recognition of Israeli sovereignty of the Golan: https://www.jns.org/buttigieg-calls-us-recognition-of-golan-as-interference-in-israeli-politics/
Supports reentering the Iran nuclear deal https://jewishinsider.com/2019/06/buttigieg-iran-deal-was-close-to-a-true-art-of-the-deal/
Supports the two-state solution https://twitter.com/PeteButtigieg/status/1114627946000658433
Did not support the move of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem https://www.jpost.com/American-Politics/Pete-Buttigieg-knocks-Trump-decisions-on-Jerusalem-Golan-590564
Would not return U.S. Embassy to Tel Aviv https://www.axios.com/pete-buttigieg-trump-jerusalem-embassy-fd290900-d18b-4759-893f-983b06ccaff1.html
Comments on Israel and anti-Semitism https://www.timesofisrael.com/us-should-guide-israel-like-a-wayward-friend-buttigieg-tells-jewish-leaders/