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The RJC Weekly Newsletter

April 23, 2020

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

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— Featured —

Joe Biden addressing the 2016 J Street conference.

J Street Joe

J Street, the left-wing, Jewish, “pro-peace” organization, has endorsed Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president.


Biden welcomed the endorsement, as the JTA reports

“I’m honored to have earned J Street’s first-ever presidential endorsement,” the former vice president said Friday. “J Street has been a powerful voice to advance social justice here at home, and to advocate for a two-state solution that advances Middle East Peace.

J Street, which claims to be “pro-Israel,” advocates for a Palestinian state and opposes Israeli “settlements” in Judea and Samaria. J Street was a vocal supporter of President Barack Obama’s antagonistic policies toward Israel and played a key role in pushing for President Obama’s disastrous nuclear deal with Iran. The organization opposed President Donald Trump’s decision to move the US embassy to Jerusalem and opposes the Trump peace plan.


The Republican Jewish Coalition reacted to the J Street endorsement

“Joe Biden isn’t wasting a moment trying to prove to his far-left base that he will continue the anti-Israel policies of the Obama/Biden administration,” said Matt Brooks, executive director of RJC.

Biden’s outreach to the far-left base of his party is likely to include these “unifying” moves: embracing several foreign policy positions of the Bernie Sanders campaign and looking to Sanders foreign policy advisors for guidance. Matthew Petti at the National Interest writes

Former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign has asked the Bernie Sanders campaign to send over advisors to advise Biden on foreign policy, the National Interest has learned…

Three sources, including two people who advised the Sanders campaign on foreign policy, confirmed that an open invitation has been sent out to Sanders foreign policy advisors who want to work with the Biden campaign…

Several former advisors and operatives in the two camps had told Foreign Policy last week that Biden was open to adopting foreign policy positions from Sanders.

The Jewish Insider likewise reports

According to a report by Foreign Policy, a group of advisors from the Biden campaign has been in contact with Sanders advisors to discuss a unified foreign policy platform… Joel Rubin, who served as director for Jewish outreach for the Sanders campaign… [and] who also served in the Obama administration as the State Department’s chief liaison to the House of Representatives, described the former vice president as a “natural” partner, who is “absorbing the progressive base that Bernie mobilized” because of his track record of “being able to listen, adapt and lead.”

RJC Withdraws Endorsement in KY House Race

Last month, the RJC made a rare endorsement of a Republican challenger to a Republican incumbent Congressman, when we endorsed Todd McMurtry in his primary race against Rep. Thomas Massie, who has had a poor record on Israel.


This week, the RJC withdrew that endorsement of McMurtry, after learning of comments McMurtry tweeted in the past that included racist tropes and anti-immigrant sentiments.


The Jewish Insider reports

“The RJC has consistently spoken out against hate, bigotry and racism,” the organization tweeted on Saturday. “As a result of troubling comments that have come to light by congressional candidate Todd McMurtry which don’t share our values or the values of the GOP, we are asking for a refund and withdrawing our PAC support.”

The RJC PAC has requested a refund of its donation to the McMurtry campaign.


Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz will lead a unity government in Israel.

Israel to Get New Government

After 15 months and three elections, Israeli leaders have arrived at an agreement to form a unity government led by Likud Party head and current prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Blue and White Party head Benny Gantz.


Former Knesset member Dov Lipman (Yesh Atid) offers a clear explanation of the deal and what comes next. He writes

The deal will be formally signed next week after Yom Ha’aztmaut, Israel’s Independence Day, to be celebrated on April 28-29. The first order of business will be to pass legislation to set the Netanyahu-Gantz rotation in motion.

… The unity deal was signed after compromises were reached on the two issues of greatest contention between the two sides: judicial appointments and the court ruling against Netanyahu serving as prime minister.

… The coalition agreement dictates that the government will start with 32 ministers, divided equally between the two sides…The 72-seat coalition will expand from 32 to 36 ministries after the initial six-month emergency government, making it the largest government in Israel’s history.

Read the whole thing here


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 —

PA and Hamas try to ‘coronawash’ their own corruptions

RJC Board of Directors member Sander Gerber writes that the critical shortages in health care in the Palestinian Authority and Gaza are not the result of any action or inaction taken by Israel. The real story is a shortage of leadership, and the Palestinian people pay the price.


Restaurants’ bailout problem: Unemployment pays more

Restaurants say their industry needs its own targeted recovery fund because the bailout package Congress passed last month is making it more attractive for their staff to draw unemployment benefits than to continue working.


Senate Republicans tried to amend the bailout package to address concerns about the effect of the unemployment provisions but failed in the face of unified Democratic opposition. 


State report: Russian, Chinese, and Iranian disinformation narratives echo one another

China, Iran, and Russia are using the coronavirus crisis to launch a propaganda and disinformation onslaught against the United States, the State Department warns in a new report. 


It’s bad enough we must depend on China for our antibiotics…
Mark Tapscott points to a paper by Michael Ravnitzky that looks at the almost complete dependence of the US on China for “rare earth elements” (REEs), without which much of America’s weaponry and operational military systems can’t function.


— Tweets —






— Events —


RJC Victory Team National Day of Action


Please join us for the RJC Victory Team Virtual Day of Action on Wednesday, April 30 (all day).  We'll continue our calls to potential Jewish voters in Pennsylvania and Ohio, 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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