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Biden Calls Israeli Government "Extreme"

Commenting on Israel in an interview with CNN, President Joe Biden said, "This is one of the most extremist members of cabinets that I’ve seen. I go all the way back to Golda Meir and—you know, not that she was extreme, but I go back to that era."


The RJC responded to the President’s remark:

The Republican Jewish Coalition harshly criticized Biden for his comments against America’s closest ally in the Middle East.


"Sadly, this is yet another example of President Biden undermining our ally, Israel," Sam Markstein, national political director of the Republican Jewish Coalition, told The Epoch Times.


"Whether it is cutting scientific and technological cooperation in Judea and Samaria, hiring anti-Israel activists at the White House, pleading with the terrorists in Tehran for a bad nuclear deal, ceding diplomatic ground in the Middle East to China, or releasing an antisemitism policy that undermines efforts to codify a clear and comprehensive definition of antisemitism, the Biden administration continues to be a delight for far-left radicals and a deep disappointment to mainstream pro-Israel supporters," Markstein continued.

DeSantis Blasts Biden Over Netanyahu Snub

JNS reports:

Florida Governor and Republican presidential candidate Ron DeSantis on Tuesday denounced US President Joe Biden over his failure to invite Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the White House.


"Biden meets with dictators of countries such as Venezuela but snubs the democratically elected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. This is not how you should treat an ally," the presidential hopeful noted on Twitter.


Biden has been widely criticized for neglecting to invite Netanyahu to Washington. Former US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman recently told JNS that his failure to do so was "despicable."

Senate Republicans Stand Up for Israel, Against Biden Boycott Policy

JNS reports:

A group of US Republican senators sent a letter on Tuesday to Secretary of State Antony Blinken calling on the Biden administration to rescind its "discriminatory" guidance halting bilateral scientific and technological cooperation with Israeli entities operating in Judea and Samaria.


The letter was spearheaded by US Senator Tim Scott (R-SC), member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, along with cosigners Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Marco Rubio (R-FL), John Cornyn (R-TX), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Rick Scott (R-FL), Bill Hagerty (R-TN), Ted Budd (R-NC), Pete Ricketts (R-NE), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Mike Braun (R-IN), John Barrasso (R-WY), Jim Risch (R-ID) and Roger Wicker (R-MS).


"The new guidance as written constitutes an antisemitic boycott of Israel," they wrote. "The American people and Congress broadly and deeply oppose boycott efforts against Israel, which have been repeatedly defined in U.S. law as efforts to limit [commerce] with persons doing business in any territories controlled by Israel….


"This guidance in particular puts Americans’ safety, security, and prosperity at risk because it politicizes and undermines cooperation on science and technology, including in areas such as defense and medicine where also our Israeli allies have proven themselves critical partners," the lawmakers added.

RJC PAC Announces First 2024 Endorsements:
Senators Ted Cruz and Rick Scott

RJC PAC is proud to endorse Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Rick Scott (R-FL) - two of the Jewish community’s strongest defenders - for re-election in 2024.

Both Senator Cruz and Senator Scott are stalwart champions for the causes that matter to Jewish voters: fighting antisemitism, defending the State of Israel, increasing economic prosperity and lowering the high costs of living for hardworking families, strengthening our national security, supporting law enforcement, and reducing the size of government bureaucracy.


While Senator Scott’s reelection race in Florida is still developing, the choice in Texas could not be clearer: national Democrats have already lined up behind radical Congressman Colin Allred. These are important races. The RJC will increase Jewish support for both Senator Cruz and Senator Scott as we work to flip the U.S. Senate and reverse the damage done to our country by Joe Biden, Chuck Schumer, and the leftist rubber stamps in Congress.

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White nationalist and Holocaust denier Nick Fuentes.

AZ Republicans Reject White Nationalist Nick Fuentes

A far-right fringe student group called the University of Arizona College Republicans United invited white nationalist Nick Fuentes to address an upcoming conference. The RJC and other GOP entities responded quickly and unequivocally: Fuentes is not welcome in the Republican Party.


Jacob Kornbluh wrote at the Forward:

The Republican Jewish Coalition called out a GOP student group on Monday for inviting Nick Fuentes, a prominent white supremacist and Holocaust denier, to speak at an upcoming conference.


"This is terrible," tweeted Adam Kwasman, a former Arizona state legislator and co-leader of the RJC’s Arizona chapter. The national RJC also registered its disapproval.


Matt Brooks, RJC’s chief executive, said on Twitter Republicans "must have a zero tolerance policy regarding platforming white nationalists."

The Arizona Capitol Times reported that the Maricopa County GOP, the Pima County GOP and the Yavapai County GOP were falsely listed as speakers on the College Republicans United flyer for the event:

All three groups confirmed later that day that they had nothing to do with the event and were “surprised” to hear about it.


"The #MCRC never authorized, sponsored, or promoted the upcoming July 30 College Republicans United convention. Any placement of 'MCRC' or 'Maricopa GOP' etc on anything associated with the CRU event is unauthorized," Maricopa County GOP Chairman Craig Berland wrote in a statement posted on Twitter.


Rep. Alexander Kolodin, R-Scottsdale, and former state lawmaker Adam Kwasman also took issue with how College Republicans United portrayed the event. The two were the first to share that the county parties weren’t involved.


"Nick Fuentes is a vile Nazi-sympathizer who has no place in Conservative or Republican politics. His values are antithetical to the platform of the GOP," said Republican Jewish Coalition Arizona Chapter co-chairs Adam and Orit Kwasman in a statement.

In their statement to the Arizona media, RJC Arizona Chapter Co-Chairs Adam and Orit Kwasman went on to say:

"We're proud of the fantastic collaboration between the local and national RJC, state elected officials, and party leaders who worked quickly to dispel any concept of collaboration with Fuentes. What we saw was great leadership and teamwork all around, for the benefit of Arizona, the Republican party, and the Jewish community."

The RJC national office added:

Nazi-sympathizer Nick Fuentes is persona non grata in the Republican Party, as stated in the Republican National Committee's resolution condemning antisemitism.


Nick Fuentes - who has actively spread antisemitic bile, mocked the Holocaust, and promoted dangerous anti-Israel conspiracy theories - has absolutely no place in the Republican Party, and any group that doesn't understand that is out of step with the GOP.


The RJC thanks the Maricopa County Republican Committee, the Pima County Republican Party, and the Yavapai County Republican Committee for standing with the Jewish community of Arizona.

Short Takes

“No way in hell’: Ilhan Omar to skip Herzog speech to Congress

Anti-Israel and antisemitic Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) tweeted yesterday that she would be boycotting Israeli President Isaac Herzog’s address to a joint session of the US Congress. Herzog is slated to give the speech marking Israel’s 75th anniversary on Wednesday after receiving an invitation last year by then-House speaker Nancy Pelosi, which current Speaker Kevin McCarthy reissued earlier this year.

Biden State Department blocks Congressional investigation into scandal-plagued Iran envoy

Adam Kredo reports: “The Biden administration is stonewalling a congressional probe into Iran envoy Rob Malley following reports the senior diplomat had his security clearance revoked for mishandling classified information… The exact charges against Malley remain unclear, but the decision to revoke his security clearance has led lawmakers to suspect the top diplomat may have mishandled classified information during diplomatic talks with Iran. Malley has been working to revive the 2015 nuclear deal, which would remove sanctions on Tehran and provide the hardline regime with billions in cash windfalls.”

The Biden administration's anti-Semitism blindspot

Dr. Ruth Wisse, professor emerita of Yiddish and comparative literatures at Harvard and a distinguished senior fellow at the Tikvah Fund, gives us a thoughtful and hard-hitting historical analysis of Biden’s National Strategy to Counter Anti-Semitism (NSCA). For example, she writes:


“The NSCA duly included this working definition along with its own expanded version, but then added, “the administration welcomes and appreciates the Nexus document and notes other such efforts.”


“The Nexus document, which could only have been conceived by American Jews, is a throwback to the ghetto mentality that, more than any of the verbal and physical attacks on Jews, confirms how much harm anti-Semitism has already done. This ‘kick me’ document assures anti-Semites that ‘criticism of Zionism and Israel,’ ‘even contentious, strident, or harsh criticism of Israel for its policies and actions, including those that led to the creation of Israel,’ plus ‘opposition to Zionism and/or Israel,’ or ‘paying disproportionate attention to Israel and treating Israel differently’—none of this is dangerous. Nexus even offers kosher examples of Jew-baiting. If ever anyone wants to get away with ‘going death con 3’ on the Jewish people, here is a readymade script sanctioned by the White House that they can hold up in their own defense.”

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NY: Meet & Greet Breakfast with Rep. Anthony D'Esposito (NY-04)
An opportunity for RJC Leaders to meet the Congressman representing central and southern Nassau County.





TX: Event with Rep. Morgan Luttrell (TX-08)
Join us for a conversation in Houston with Rep. Luttrell, a former US Navy officer serving his first term in Congress.




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