Does Kamala Harris Now Support Jewish Settlements?

Israeli media quickly notices that American VP served wine from a Jewish settlement in the “West Bank” at her Passover Seder

By Israel Today Staff | | Topics: Settlements, Jewish Settlers
US Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff welcoming family and staff to the Passover Seder. On the table, a bottle of wine produced in the Jewish settlement of Psagot. Photo: Twitter screenshot

US Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband, Doug Emhoff, hosted over the weekend what is believed to be the first Passover Seder at Number One Observatory Circle, the vice president’s official residence.

While notable, that’s hardly newsworthy. Emhoff is Jewish, so it would have been strange had they not celebrated Passover.

But Israeli media noted a small detail in the celebratory photos they posted to Twitter that quickly resulted in some trouble, if not embarrassment for the Second Family.

On the Harris holiday table was a bottle of wine… from a Jewish settlement in the so-called “West Bank.”

The Psagot Winery in the Jewish settlement of Psagot north of Jerusalem produces some of the finest wine in the Holy Land, winning awards at several major competitions in Europe.

There is no official US policy against Jewish-made products from the West Bank, unlike in Europe, where courts have ruled that “settler” products cannot be labeled as “made in Israel.”

Still, a bottle of “settler” wine on the Passover table of the Vice President caused many to wonder if the Biden Administration had shifted its views on Jewish settlement of the biblical heartlands of Judea and Samaria.

Harris posted a photo to Twitter of herself and her family at the Seder table, though it’s difficult to read the label on the bottle of wine.

Her husband, however, provided a better angle in a photo posted to his official Twitter account. The Psagot label is clearly visible.

Harris and her boss, US President Joe Biden, have returned to the polices of past administrations in that they do not recognize the legitimacy of Jewish settlements in Judea and Samaria.

Former US President Donald Trump broke with that traditional stance. In particular, his Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, repudiated decades-old State Department policy that defined Jewish settlements as a violation of international law. See: US Declares West Bank and Golan No Longer “Occupied Territories”

In thanks, Psagot named one of its wines after Pompeo, though we doubt that’s the one Harris had at her Passover table.

While the Biden Administration does not openly relate to Jewish settlements as legitimate, it has notably not reversed the policy change implemented by Trump and Pompeo.

A spokesperson for Harris later stressed that “the wine served at the Seder was in no way intended to be an expression of policy.”

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