Clinton VP choice Tim Kaine a Democratic leader on Mideast issues

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (JTA) — Hillary Clinton named Tim Kaine, the Virginia senator who has made the Middle East one of his fortes, her running mate.

Kaine has been a vocal supporter of U.S. security assistance to Israel but found himself at odds with the pro-Israel lobby and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the Iran nuclear deal. During the fight over the deal, Kaine criticized Netanyahu on several fronts, but subsequently worked to improve ties between the prime minister and Senate Democrats.


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