Democrats choose progressive Cicilline to head key Foreign Affairs subcommittee

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US correspondent based in New York

Progressive Rep. David Cicilline has defeated centrist Rep. Brad Schneider in a vote by House Democrats on the Foreign Affairs Committee for who will chair the Middle East, North Africa, and Global Counterterrorism subcommittee.

Cicilline, who has been endorsed by both AIPAC and J Street, soundly defeated Schneider 18-6.

Cicilline will replace Rep. Ted Deutch who will be retiring at the end of the month.

Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., questions witnesses during a House Committee on Foreign Affairs hearing looking into the firing of State Department Inspector General Steven Linick, on September 16, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Kevin Dietsch/Pool via AP, File)

“At a time of instability around the world, including in the Middle East, I believe that it is more important than ever that we work together, as Members of the Committee, to do everything we can to address humanitarian crises, human rights abuses, and political upheaval throughout the region,” Cicilline says in a statement, noting his bipartisan efforts. “At a time when the United States is leading a historic international coalition against Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine, it is more important than ever that we are able remain unified.”

The Israel Policy Forum tweets its congratulations to the Rhode Island congressman, saying that it “look[s] forward to working together to ensure Israel’s future as Jewish, democratic, and secure through two states.”

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