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The RJC Weekly Newsletter

April 15, 2021

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RJC PAC Opens Doors for 2022 Election Cycle

We all know that Democrats control the White House, the Senate, and the House of Representatives. In other words, they control Washington. It’s scary what they’ve done with that power in such a short amount of time.

Now it’s time to start fighting back – and you can be part of that effort. RJC National Chairman Senator Norm Coleman sent out a note today to encourage all RJC members to support the RJCPAC. He wrote:

Overcoming Pelosi and Schumer won’t be easy. But with your support, RJCPAC will continue to be a reliable source for promoting and electing conservative, pro-Israel candidates - as we have done successfully in cycle after cycle.

We’ll have left-wing groups like J Street fighting us every step of the way. But remember: RJCPAC-backed candidates beat J Street-backed candidates in 23 out of 34 House races where they faced off in 2020. Our record of success is strong and getting stronger.

We need your support to continue our winning streak in the 2022 Midterms. Will you join us as we fight back against the far left, J Street, and the DC Democrats?

Click here to donate to the RJCPAC and support Republican efforts to take back Washington.

Biden Mideast Policy – Bad and Getting Worse

• Matthew Continetti at The Washington Free Beacon has nothing positive to say about the Biden administration decision to resume aid to the Palestinians by funding the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). Continetti sees this as part of a larger problem with President Joe Biden’s foreign policy:

Now Biden has pivoted away from the anti-Iran coalition and toward the pro-Iran deal European allies. He's distanced himself from Israel and moved toward the Palestinians. He's rebuked the Saudis and coaxed the Houthis. He is trying to reconstruct, ever so slowly, Barack Obama's Middle East. But he hasn't really explained why this time will be different. After all: When you reward bad behavior, you get more of it. And that is exactly what Biden is doing.

Jewish Policy Center Senior Director Shoshana Bryen takes the Biden administration to task for leaking sensitive information to the media about an Israeli attack on an Iranian ship in the Red Sea on April 6. Israel has quietly taken steps many times in the past to blunt the threat from Iran and generally informs its US ally when it does so. Like President Obama, President Biden has not kept these communications private. Bryen writes:

If American officials can't keep their mouths shut, they risk undermining the basis of U.S.-Israel security cooperation, the shaky entry of Israel into Central Command, the confidence of the Gulf states in American leadership and Israel's security. For the US to expose Israel's military missions to prove itself a worthy partner of the Iranian mullahs undermines trust in the United States across the region.

Read more here.

Things are also bad with regard to the Biden administration and Iran. The editors of the New York Post comment that the Biden administration has already caved to Iran and gotten nothing in return:

President Donald Trump’s maximum pressure campaign almost brought the regime to its knees, especially after the Iranian people revolted after seeing the regime spend the pallets of cash from the nuclear deal on military adventurism and terrorism instead of feeding its own citizens. Biden is poised to give up that leverage — and allow the regime the resources to commit even more acts of evil.

Adam Kredo at The Washington Free Beacon corroborates the claim that President Trump’s sanctions almost brought Iran to its knees, based on findings published by the International Monetary Fund:

The Islamic Republic had $122.5 billion on hand in 2018 and just $4 billion by 2020, when the former administration’s "maximum pressure" campaign on Tehran was at its height, according to the IMF’s 2021 Middle East and Central Asia report, which tracks the region’s economies. Iran burned through $118.5 billion in two years, nearly depleting its cash reserves. The country’s coffers are forecast to grow by several billions in the coming years as the Biden administration moves to unwind sanctions as part of an effort to reenter the 2015 nuclear deal.

The IMF’s findings are the clearest evidence to date that the years-long US sanctions campaign was successful in emptying the regime’s pocketbook at a time when Iran was spending great sums on its foreign terrorism enterprise and nuclear enrichment program. Sanctions gutted Iran’s oil trade, a key source of revenue for the regime, and forced it to tap heavily into reserve funds. While liberal critics of this approach claim that sanctions only hurt the Iranian people, the IMF’s findings show the hardline regime was under more economic stress than previously known. It is also likely that Iran would not have been able to weather another four years of the Trump administration’s sanctions. Former secretary of state Mike Pompeo said 96 percent of Iran's foreign exchange reserves were "wiped out" as a "direct result of our maximum pressure campaign."

Read more here.

Biden’s bid to return to the terrible 2015 Iran nuclear deal has the backing of the majority of the Senate Democratic Caucus, as Tal Axelrod reported in The Hill this week. Twenty-seven Senate Democrats signed a supportive letter to the President to provide political cover for Biden on his efforts to return to the Iran deal (known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA), a policy that Republicans and even some Democrats oppose.

Senators Raphael Warnock (GA), Maggie Hassan (NH), Catherine Cortez Masto (NV), and Mark Kelly (AZ) are four of the most vulnerable Democrats up for reelection in 2022. Let's tell them that we don't want the US to return to the dangerous 2015 Iran nuclear deal. We want a broader, stronger, permanent deal.

Please visit the RJC’s new Iran deal portal, where you can learn more about the failures of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and see the RJC’s stance on dealing with Iran going forward. Most importantly, we have made it very easy for you to email these Democratic Senators to tell them about your steadfast opposition to reentering the failed 2015 Iran deal.

Click here to use our interactive tool to email these Democrats today!

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Happy Independence Day, Israel!

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Rep. Crenshaw says he will be temporarily blind after emergency eye surgery

Representative Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) is stepping away from his House duties for a month to recover from emergency surgery to repair a detached retina in his left eye. Crenshaw is a former US Navy Seal who lost his right eye to an improvised explosive device while on his third deployment in Afghanistan. We extend best wishes for a complete and speedy recovery, a refuah shleimah u’meheirah to Rep. Crenshaw.

Dan Lederman named Midwest Region RNC Regional Co-Chair

Congratulations to RJC member Dan Lederman on being named an RNC regional co-chair for the Midwest region. Lederman is currently the chairman of the South Dakota Republican Party and previously served in the South Dakota State Senate and House of Representatives.

Heed the neon warning sign on Iran’s intentions

Dan Mariaschin, the CEO of B’nai B’rith International, calls on Secretary of State Antony Blinken, the stepson of a Holocaust survivor, not to repeat the American indifference to threats against European Jewry during World War II. Just as Hitler made his intentions clear then, Iran is making their intentions toward Israel and the Jewish people clear now.

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