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The RJC Weekly Newsletter

June 11, 2020

Your weekly look at the latest news, analysis, and RJC activities around the country.

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RJC in the News

• The RJC released a statement today on Israel’s plan to extend Israeli sovereignty in Judea, Samaria, and the Jordan Valley: 

The government of Israel is now planning to take steps, as put forth by President Donald Trump’s “peace to prosperity” plan, to extend Israeli sovereignty in parts of Judea, Samaria, and the Jordan Valley. It has long been understood that the areas under consideration would become part of Israel under a negotiated peace settlement. Tragically, such a settlement has been impossible because the Palestinian leadership has never given up their goal of destroying Israel. A full 53 years after the 1967 war, it is time for Israelis in the Jewish communities of Judea and Samaria and the Jordan Valley to have the same full rights and status as their fellow citizens in Tel Aviv and Haifa.

President Trump’s historic “peace to prosperity” plan offers a realistic and implementable opportunity for solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It provides a framework for creating economic opportunity and greater freedom for the Palestinian people, and for ensuring the security of Israel.

We support Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s efforts to extend Israeli sovereignty over areas in Judea, Samaria, and the Jordan Valley. These efforts represent the first steps in a process that can include negotiations, working with moderate Arab states in the region, and working with the US and other Western allies to bring a stable, lasting peace to Israelis and Palestinians.

Republicans are strong and vocal supporters of our cherished ally Israel and they respect the sovereignty of the State of Israel. The RJC is grateful for their words and their actions. We will be making a major lobbying effort to encourage Republicans in the Senate and House to express their support for the government of Israel and to support Israel’s extending sovereignty over parts of Judea, Samaria, and the Jordan Valley in order to promote the security of its citizens and the stability of the region.

• RJC's Neil Strauss was quoted at length in this article from the Jewish News Service about the effects of the pandemic and lockdown on political groups' efforts: 

On the other side of the aisle, the Republican Jewish Coalition has been campaigning to re-elect Trump and other Republicans, in addition to new GOP candidates to Congress. The organization’s National Victory Team “has been conducting extensive Jewish outreach after seamlessly transitioning to virtual grassroots efforts,” RJC spokesperson Neil Strauss told JNS.

RJC has so far “executed 11 successful National Days of Action, with hundreds of RJC volunteers participating across the country, supporting President Trump and the GOP,” he said.

Conducting business digitally has been beneficial, maintained Strauss, who cited his organization’s “increased ability to reach more voters at home” through “phone calls, text messages, email, digital, social media, etc.”

“We’ve seen a dramatic spike in the percentage of voters we’re able to directly connect with, compared to pre-COVID circumstances, which makes these modes of grassroots outreach even more valuable. Since March 1st, we have spoken to 106,968 persuadable Jewish voters in specific battleground states using our cutting-edge technology, our large investment in data modeling to discover Jewish voters—data no one else has—and the best volunteers in politics.”

Despite the millions of jobs lost and businesses shuttered due to COVID-19, the RJC’s political action committee, RJC PAC, has experienced “very strong” fundraising, following “a slight downturn” during the first few weeks that social-distancing guidelines were put into effect across the country earlier this year, according to Strauss.

...Also important to note is that those without access to device or high-tech apps won’t be shut out of the technological political campaign season, the aforementioned organizations told JNS.

“No matter where a voter may fall on the tech-savvy spectrum, almost all voters know how to use and operate a basic phone system,” said Strauss. “RJC is currently in the process of organizing special tele-town hall events featuring high-profile VIPs that even the least tech-savvy voters will be able to participate in.”

Additionally, continued Strauss, “streamlined programming, along with other grassroots outreach such as direct mail, will enable RJC to connect and appeal to all Jewish voters.”

Read more of what Neil had to say about our outreach efforts here.


• The RJC continues to speak out against antisemitism and racism, as noted by The Algemeiner this week:

The Republican Jewish Coalition announced on Tuesday that it will not endorse or support [Marjorie Taylor Greene,] a candidate in a safely Republican district in Georgia who is leading in fundraising, as she has trafficked in conspiracy theories and posed for photos with a former neo-Nazi leader.

...RJC Executive Director Matt Brooks told JNS that his organization hasn’t “been following this race, and it’s not on our targeted list of races.” He added that if Greene wins, “we will not be endorsing her or supporting her.”


Biden: Wrong a Lot on Foreign and Defense Policy

Kori Schake, writing at The Atlantic, has this to say about Joe Biden’s record

Joe Biden has been wrong a lot on foreign and defense policy. A lot. This year’s presumptive Democratic presidential nominee voted against the 1991 Gulf War, in which the United States and a broad multinational coalition quickly achieved their goals, and in favor of the 2003 Iraq War, and regretted both votes. Years into hostilities, he opposed the troop surges that brought some stability to both Iraq and Afghanistan and even insisted that “the Taliban per se is not our enemy.” He argued for carving Iraq into sectarian statelets even as Iraqis voted for cross-sectarian political lists. And he opposed the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. These stances suggest not only that he lacks a philosophy of how to use military force effectively, but also that his instincts on when to use it are often faulty.

The International Criminal Court at The Hague, Netherlands.

Trump Authorizes Sanctions Against International Criminal Court and Blasts Its investigation of Israel

The JTA reports today:

President Donald Trump authorized sanctions against the International Criminal Court should it pursue cases against U.S. citizens and cited what he said was its anti-Israel bias.

In an executive order issued Thursday, Trump approved economic sanctions and travel restrictions against ICC workers directly involved in investigating American troops and intelligence officials for possible war crimes in Afghanistan. The United States has not consented to the investigations. The travel restrictions also apply to the workers’ families.

… The text of the executive order suggests that sanctions could extend to ICC prosecutors who target Israelis, singling out those who engage “in any effort by the ICC to investigate, arrest, detain, or prosecute any personnel of a country that is an ally of the United States without the consent of that country’s government.”

Israel was the only ally singled out by name in the statement.

Countdown to Election Day


The RJC is committed to reelecting President Donald Trump, keeping the Senate, and winning back the House. We encourage our members to participate in our outreach phonebank project to help Republicans win in November. It's easy, and you can do it from home! Here's how YOU can help: 

- Sign up to call Jewish voters from home by clicking HERE
- Fill out all of the fields.
- Listen to the instructions and write down your username and password when a member of the RJC Victory Team contacts you.
- Make as many phone calls as you can. Everyone you speak to is a potential vote for President Trump and the GOP!


Sign up now and you could be the next RJC Volunteer of the Week!



The Republican Jewish Coalition is hiring field staff for our advocacy efforts in support of President Donald Trump’s reelection in various battleground states. CLICK HERE for details and application information. 



The RJC PAC has endorsed a terrific slate of House and Senate incumbents, and we need them to continue their work on Capitol Hill! CLICK HERE to donate through the RJC PAC portal and show your support for our great candidates!


And don't forget your RJC/Trump kippah! 
Our extremely popular red Trump kippah is now for sale for just $18. This includes shipping and handling. Supplies are limited. 



— Short Takes —

The great threat to America and to American Jewry

Caroline Glick writes that whether Trump wins or loses in November, the radicalization of white progressives at the heart of the mayhem represents the greatest threat to social cohesion in the United States.


Why history still matters – the 1967 Six Day War

David Harris reminds us that without an understanding of what happened in the past, it’s impossible to grasp where we are today — and where we are has profound relevance for the region and the world.


Iran’s presence from Beirut to Caracas

RJC Leader Sarah Stern writes that Iran's malign presence is felt not only in the Middle East, but also in our own hemisphere.


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— Events —


RJC Victory Team National Days of Action


Please join us for the upcoming RJC Victory Team Virtual Days of Action scheduled next week for Tuesday, June 16 and Thursday, June 18, and next week for Tuesday, June 23 and Thursday, June 25. We'll continue our calls to potential Jewish voters in Florida, Georgia, and Arizona, key battleground states of the 2020 election cycle. Click here to sign up and help! 


We look forward to scheduling in-person grassroots events and resuming our chapter activities around the country as soon as possible. Don't forget to check our web site for updates. 


We also encourage you to check out the terrific content and virtual events offered by our sister organization, the Jewish Policy Center.


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