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Republicans Confront White House on Looming Iran Deal

Media reports this week raise concerns that the Biden administration is moving closer to another terrible nuclear deal with Iran. Republicans on Capitol Hill strongly oppose the Biden administration pulling the US back into the disastrous JCPOA or something like it. Axios reports:

Nearly 200 House Republicans have written to President [Joe] Biden warning any nuclear deal made with Iran without Congress' approval "will meet the same fate" as the 2015 agreement by President [Barack] Obama later abandoned by President [Donald] Trump [known as the JCPOA].


Why it matters: The Biden administration has been working feverishly to secure an agreement via indirect nuclear talks in Vienna, but on Wednesday, an Iranian official publicly called for Congress to pledge that the US will stay in a potential deal.


The GOP letter — signed by most members of the party that polls say will run the House next year — bluntly rebuffs Iran's request.


…175 House Republicans, including establishment members and hardcore Trumpists alike, signed the letter — a striking statement in itself. Reps. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) and Michael Waltz (R-FL) led the effort. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy signed it [as well].


33 Republican senators have taken the same position, warning in a letter this month that implementation of a nuclear deal would be "severely if not terminally hampered" if Biden did not submit to a Senate vote.

The RJC is proud to have helped build support for the House and Senate letters. We endorse the efforts of Republicans in Congress to confront the administration on this critical issue.


What you need to know: Republicans in Congress have expressed key demands for a new nuclear deal with Iran, including:

  • No more sunset clauses that bet our national security on the hope that the terrorist Iranian regime will change its fundamental nature in less than a decade.

  • No more Americans held hostage in Iran.

  • No more cash windfalls to Iran's regime.

  • No more disregarding legal obligations to compensate Americans killed or injured by Iran-sponsored terrorism.

Republicans have also insisted that the Biden Iran deal be submitted to the Senate as a treaty and that Congress have an opportunity to review the deal as provided for by the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015.

Now Congress needs to hear from YOU.

You can TAKE ACTION today!

Tell your Senators and Congressman:

Don’t Let Biden End Trump’s Maximum Pressure on Iran!


Further reading:
Biden’s Weakness Puts Strong Iran Deal Out of Reach

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Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett with Bahraini Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa in Manama.

Things We Never Thought We’d See

• Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett landed in Bahrain on Monday evening, representing the first official visit by an Israeli prime minister to the kingdom.


Hatikvah, Israel’s national anthem, was played outside the royal palace in Manama, Bahrain, when Bennett was greeted there by Bahrain’s Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, who is also the kingdom’s prime minister. Read more about the Prime Minister's visit in Bahrain.

• At the international energy conference held in Cairo this week, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi entered the hall and walked across to the other side of the room to greet Israeli Minister of Energy Karin Elharar.

RJC in the News

The Washington Free Beacon reported on the scandal surrounding Democratic Congresswoman Marie Newman (D-IL). Newman bribed a Palestinian activist named Iymen Chehade not to run against her in the 2020 primary by making him her campaign’s “director of foreign policy and research.” In 2015, Chehade helped bring convicted Palestinian terrorist Rasmea Odeh to speak at Columbia College Chicago, where he taught. Now Rep. Newman pays him $10,000 per month to give her his radical anti-Israel views. The whole story is outrageous. The Free Beacon reports:

Republican Jewish Coalition national political director Sam Markstein said Newman should resign over the scandal.


"We all know that congresswoman Newman is an extreme, far-left, anti-Israel member of Congress," Markstein told the Free Beacon. "Now we've learned that she isn't just extreme, but corrupt. Beyond her outrageous policy positions, it appears she traded her votes for political favors. Let's be clear: Any member whose policy positions are for sale should resign."

‘Sledgehammer:’ How Trump’s Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, Broke Through

Jacob Kornbluh writes at the Forward:

In his new memoir, [Ambassador David] Friedman, a bankruptcy lawyer and campaign advisor to Donald Trump before he became president, opens a window into some of the more contentious episodes of his nearly four years at the US embassy. Those years are also marked by milestones for which Friedman has been feted — and even nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize — including the moving of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and the signing of the Abraham Accords.

It was a privilege for us to host a webinar on February 10 with Ambassador Friedman. The discussion was lively and informative. If you were unable to join us for that event, or you would like to see the program again, you can watch the video here. We also encourage you to share it with your family and friends!


In addition, we are delighted to be hosting a live, in-person event with Ambassador Friedman in Florida on March 3. If you or someone you know are in south Florida and would like to attend, please email [email protected] for more information.

Short Takes

RJC mourns the passing of Betty Sembler

The Republican Jewish Coalition mourns the passing of Betty Sembler, wife of RJC Board of Directors member Mel Sembler. Betty Sembler was an active and beloved member of the RJC family for three decades. RJC National Chairman Norm Coleman said, “Betty's passing is a great loss to the RJC and to our country. Betty was an unfailingly positive and optimistic force for good, someone who believed that dedicated people could make a difference in the world. Her pioneering work combatting drug abuse saved the lives of many people and prevented much suffering. May her memory be a blessing.”

Biden administration kills Israel-to-Europe gas pipeline

Soeren Kern writes: “The Biden administration has abruptly withdrawn American support for the Eastern Mediterranean (EastMed) pipeline, a project aimed at shipping natural gas from Israel to European markets. The White House said the project was antithetical to its ‘climate goals.’”

Are you better off now than you were a year ago?

A year after taking office, President Joe Biden’s promises have proven empty, and we are worse off that we were before Biden promised to “rescue” America. Details at the link.






GA: "Job Interview" for US Senate Candidates in Georgia
Live event in Sandy Springs.




AZ: Event with Representative David Schweikert
Live event in Scottsdale.




FL: Event: Book Discussion with Ambassador David Friedman
Live event in Davie.


RJC staff have returned to their offices for in-person work. Contact information for our offices can be found on our web site. Please visit us online for the latest RJC news, to see details of upcoming events, and to donate to the RJC. Read past editions of this newsletter here.

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