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Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Jewish Republicans and Democrats agree on this: Watch Florida

By: Ron Kampeas

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Two Jewish political communities, Republicans and Democrats, met separately and disagreed on just about everything but this: Jews in Florida could decide this election.

Other than that, the virtual meetings Thursday evening, held on the eve of back-to-back political conventions, were occupied by two big ideas: Republican Jews focused on Israel, while Democratic Jews focused on domestic threats to American Jews.

Each community seized on a coincidence: At the Republican Jewish Coalition event, participants thrilled to President Donald Trump’s announcement of plans to normalize ties between Israel and the United Arab Emirates; speakers at the Jewish Democratic Council of America event marked the three-year anniversary of the deadly neo-Nazi march in Charlottesville and what they said was Trump’s failure to condemn it.


NBC News

Republican Jewish Coalition provides new details on $10 million in general election commitment, largely to help Trump

By: Ben Kamisar

 

WASHINGTON — The Republican Jewish Coalition expects to spend "millions of dollars on television" as part of its $10 million independent expenditure campaign for November's elections, with the lion's share coming to support President Trump's re-election.

Matt Brooks, the group's executive director, touted Trump's policies on anti-Semitism and on Israel to reporters on a conference call Thursday, hours after the administration touted a deal to normalize relations between the United Arab Emirates and Israel.

The group added more details about its spending plans for the fall which includes TV and digital ads as well as voter mobilization and turnout programs augmented by an investment into building out a strong voter file on Jewish American voters.

Brooks estimated that around 90 percent of the money would go toward helping Trump in key states like Florida, Ohio, Georgia, Arizona and Pennsylvania, but that the work would also act as a "force multiplier to make sure these same voters support our Republican candidates" in down-ballot races.


Miami Herald

Trump allies plan ‘largest effort ever undertaken to mobilize the Jewish vote’

By: David Smiley

 

Boasting that they are about to embark on “the largest, most sophisticated, most targeted state-of-the-art campaign” in history, leaders of a conservative Jewish advocacy organization announced Thursday that they plan to spend up to $10 million this fall in Florida and other swing states on behalf of President Donald Trump.

Republican Jewish Coalition leaders — speaking to reporters only hours after Trump announced a brokered deal that normalizes relations between Israel and United Arab Emirates — said they have been gathering data about Jewish voters across the country in preparation for a targeted campaign to advertise Trump’s successes in the U.S. and Middle East.

At least $1 million will be spent on TV, and more than $1 million on digital ads and mailers, they said.

“This is the largest effort ever undertaken to mobilize the Jewish vote,” said RJC Executive Director Matt Brooks.


The U.S., Israel and the UAE: A Trump Doctrine Emerges

By: Sen. Norm Coleman, Forward 

The establishment of diplomatic ties between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), brokered by President Donald Trump, is one more excellent step in the emergence of a Trump Doctrine. He withdrew the U.S. from the Paris Climate Pact, the INF Treaty, Open Skies and the Iran nuclear deal (JCPOA) because the parties were cheating. He reduced American forces in Syria and Afghanistan because we had no place in their civil wars. He reconfigured American forces in NATO—fewer in Germany and more in Poland—for the better protection of both our allies and ourselves. In each case, America is at the center of American foreign policy.

The 1993 Oslo Accords between Israel and the Palestinians were witnessed with great hopes by the United States. But the role the United States adopted, or had thrust upon it, was that of a "neutral party" encouraging and cajoling both sides. President Trump adopted the position of "honest broker" instead, focusing on American interests—the first of which is that Israel is our friend and ally, by its very nature.

We are witnessing the positive result.


RJC on Israel-UAE Diplomatic Ties

Washington, DC – The Republican Jewish Coalition responded to the announcement today that Israel and the United Arab Emirates have agreed to normalize relations. RJC National Chairman Senator Norm Coleman said:


RJC Statement on the Democratic Primary in MN-5

Washington, DC (August 11, 2020) – The Republican Jewish Coalition released the following statement on the results of the Democratic primary in Minnesota:


RJC Statement on Biden's VP Selection

Washington, DC – The Republican Jewish Coalition released this statement in response to Joe Biden’s selection of Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) as his vice presidential running mate.

RJC Executive Director Matt Brooks said:


Brooks: NAACP fails to stand against anti-Semitism in Philly

Friday, July 31, 2020
By: Matthew Brooks, Broad and Liberty 

 


Jewish Exponent: Jewish Voter Outreach Adapts to 2020

By Sophie PanzerJewish Exponent

With the pandemic preventing in-person events and racial justice protests sweeping the country, Jewish political groups are adapting their strategies for an unprecedented campaign season.


RJC Virtual Town Hall Was a Huge Success

Washington, DC -- The RJC's first national virtual Town Hall, on Sunday, July 19, 2020, was a huge success.

Over 5,000 people viewed the discussion, which featured Amb. Nikki Haley, radio host Mark Levin, RJC National Chairman Senator Norm Coleman, and RJC Executive Director Matt Brooks.

Focusing on the critical issues facing the Jewish community in 2020, the discussion covered: the US-Israel relationship; President Trump's foreign policy successes, such as withdrawing the US from the Iran nuclear treaty and standing up for Israel at the UN; domestic issues; and the outlook for the Jewish community in the 2020 election.  

The town hall is available to watch here.