RJC Executive Director Matt Brooks was a guest on Hugh Hewitt's nationally-syndicated radio show on January 11, 2017.
Brooks said that when President-elect Donald Trump comes into office, it will be a "new day" for U.S.-Israel relations and a "marked difference from what we’ve see in the closing days of the Obama administration, which has just been an absolute travesty."
"The abstention at the United Nations and Kerry’s speech, I think was a low mark for US-Israeli relations and I am very confident that President-elect Trump and his team are going to rebuild the relationship between the United States and Israel at a critical time and send a very powerful message to the rest of the international community that our relationship with Israel - that there no daylight and it is unshakeable."
Brooks mentioned efforts in the Senate to defund the United Nations, and also brought up efforts to defund the Palestinians, who give large cash payments to terrorists and the families of terrorists, funded by the United States taxpayer. Brooks said, "Senator [Lindsey] Graham has an important piece of legislation coming up called the Taylor Force bill which is named in honor of a U.S. soldier who was visiting Israel and served multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and was killed by a Palestinian terrorist... Senator Graham is going to move forward rather quickly and we are working with him to support cutting off U.S. funding that is going to the families and into the hands of terrorists in Palestinian areas."
Hewitt concluded the interview by calling on his audience to "go and join the Republican Jewish Coalition, which is growing and important and is vigorous and bold and we need them to help repair the relationship that President Obama and his team so badly damaged with the State of Israel and the United States of America."