Karine Jean-Pierre, a longtime campaign adviser and incoming vice president Kamala Harris’s chief of staff, is currently the “top candidate” for the job, according to NBC News. Jean-Pierre was senior adviser and national spokeswoman for MoveOn.org, a far-left anti-Israel group that defends boycotts of the Jewish state, from April 2016 until August 2020, when she was hired as chief of staff for Harris.
Jean-Pierre has been a vocal critic of Israel, accusing the Jewish state of committing “war crimes” and, during the Democratic primary, celebrating Democrats who boycotted the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s annual conference in Washington, D.C. She praised those lawmakers for “boldly choosing to prioritize diplomacy and human rights over the power of a lobbying organization.”
Team Biden’s focus on Jean-Pierre is likely to rankle the pro-Israel community, which enjoyed strong support from the White House during President Donald Trump’s tenure in office. As Biden makes early staff decisions, the selection of a prominent Israel critic could signal his administration is willing to make overtures to Israel’s detractors.