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The RJC Weekly Newsletter

May 14, 2020

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

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— Featured —

Two Years Ago Today – in Jerusalem

The RJC is celebrating today, on the second anniversary of the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem. RJC National Chairman Senator Norm Coleman said

For decades, American foreign policy leaders believed that recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and moving the US embassy there would have catastrophic results. Two years ago, President Donald Trump proved them all wrong. 

The long-awaited fulfillment of the American promise enshrined in the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 did not result in riots, war, or terrorist attacks. On the contrary, Israel and the moderate Arab states have moved closer on efforts to bring greater peace and stability to the Middle East. Israel has been strengthened by the confident support America has shown her. 

We thank President Trump for moving the embassy to Jerusalem and for all he has done to enhance the US-Israel alliance. He has proven that the United States is a strong and reliable ally, and he has demonstrated the importance of American leadership in the world.

Click here or on the graphic above to sign our card thanking President Trump for his historic decision to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem. 


Never Again Education Act Passes in Senate

The RJC released the following statement on Senate passage of the Never Again Education Act, a bipartisan bill to create, improve, and expand Holocaust education programs for middle and high school-age students. The bill, which was passed by the House of Representatives in January, will now go to President Donald Trump for his signature: 

The men and women of the United States Senate deserve credit for setting aside their differences to clear the way for swift and unanimous passage of this much-needed legislation. We are especially grateful to Senator Kevin Cramer and Senator Jacky Rosen who led the way on the bill. We are also thankful to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and dozens of Senators on both sides of the aisle who came together to act on growing concerns that today's young Americans are not learning what they need to know about the Holocaust. 

The RJC is proud to have contributed to the effort by leading Jewish organizations to secure passage of the Never Again Education Act. Our involvement was spurred by strong leadership from within our organization's Board of Directors, animated by the conviction that improving Holocaust education must be a national priority. President Trump has spoken of the need for education about the Holocaust, and we know he will come through for Jewish Americans yet again by signing the Never Again Education Act into law.

Gilad Erdan spoke at the 2018 RJC National Leadership Meeting in Las Vegas.

New Israeli Government to be Sworn in Sunday

After 18 months of political turmoil and three elections, Israelis expected to see their new unity government sworn in today, but last-minute wrangling over some Cabinet posts have pushed the swearing-in off until Sunday. With 36 ministers and 16 deputy ministers, this will be the largest government in Israel’s history. Haaretz lists some of the Cabinet appointments reported or confirmed so far.  The Times of Israel has the full text of the policy principles upon which Israel’s 35th government will govern. 


One notable appointment is the choice of Gilad Erdan to serve as both Israel’s ambassador to Washington, DC and ambassador to the United Nations. Erdan will take up the UN post shortly; replacing Ambassador Danny Danon. The Times of Israel reports that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Erdan would only take over as the envoy in Washington after the US presidential elections in November, leaving his long-time aide Ron Dermer as ambassador until then. Read more about Gilad Erdan here.


RJC leaders have met and worked with Erdan, including fighting with him against BDS attacks on Israel. The RJC honored Erdan at our 2018 National Leadership Meeting in Las Vegas. 


Republican Mike Garcia won the special election in CA-25.

GOP Win in California

Republicans won a significant victory in blue state California on Tuesday, as Politico reports

Republicans have won a special election for Congress in Southern California, reclaiming a suburban House seat that they lost to Democrats in the 2018 midterms.

Democrat Christy Smith, a state assemblywoman, conceded defeat to Republican Mike Garcia Wednesday one day after the closely watched special election runoff for the seat vacated by former Rep. Katie Hill, who resigned last year.

…His victory represents the first time in 22 years that California Republicans have captured a congressional seat from Democrats.

The Washington Free Beacon notes

Both parties are looking to the district as a bellwether for both the presidential election and contentious House races… A Garcia win would mark the first time since 1998 that a California Republican successfully won a seat held by a Democrat. More important for national party officials, it could point to a path for success in November.

Garcia will serve the remaining months of Hill's term, then face off against Christy Smith again in the regular November election.


“President Biden” Would Bring Back Obama Policies – and Scandals

This week, former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders named the co-chairs and members of their joint task forces, which will advise the Biden campaign on policy. The choices say a great deal about the leftward moves Biden will be making to keep his party base satisfied. Politico reports

The task forces’ membership consists of a stable of prominent Democratic leaders and public policy experts, but its most notable appointee is Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the progressive New York congresswoman and superstar of the party’s left wing who backed Sanders during the primary contest and has evinced skepticism toward Biden’s more moderate ideology.

Since Sanders’ exit from the White House race, however, Ocasio-Cortez has all but formally endorsed Biden while still pressuring him to pursue a distinctly liberal policy agenda.

Biden has already made clear that he would pursue the same foreign policies as his former boss, President Barack Obama. Jonathan Tobin, writing at National Review, reminds us that those policies didn’t work in the first place. His article is worth your time


This week also brought the news that former Vice President Biden was on the list of Obama officials who requested to "unmask" former Trump administration national security adviser Michael Flynn. Tobias Hoonhout lays out the story nicely at National Review


David Harsanyi takes a higher-level view of the whole Trump-Russia investigation and stresses that despite the media spin, this is a story of serious corruption in the Obama administration. As he writes

It is not conspiracy-mongering to note that the investigation into Trump was predicated on an opposition-research document filled with fabulism and, most likely, Russian disinformation. We know the DOJ withheld contradictory evidence when it began spying on those in Trump’s orbit. We have proof that many of the relevant FISA-warrant applications — almost every one of them, actually — were based on “fabricated” evidence or riddled with errors. We know that members of the Obama administration, who had no genuine role in counterintelligence operations, repeatedly unmasked Trump’s allies. And we now know that, despite a dearth of evidence, the FBI railroaded Michael Flynn into a guilty plea so it could keep the investigation going.

What’s more, the larger context only makes all of these facts more damning. By 2016, the Obama administration’s intelligence community had normalized domestic spying. Obama’s director of national intelligence, James Clapper, famously lied about snooping on American citizens to Congress. His CIA director, John Brennan, oversaw an agency that felt comfortable spying on the Senate, with at least five of his underlings breaking into congressional computer files. His attorney general, Eric Holder, invoked the Espionage Act to spy on a Fox News journalist, shopping his case to three judges until he found one who let him name the reporter as a co-conspirator. The Obama administration also spied on Associated Press reporters, which the news organization called a “massive and unprecedented intrusion.” And though it’s been long forgotten, Obama officials were caught monitoring the conversations of members of Congress who opposed the Iran nuclear deal.

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
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- 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!


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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 —

Senators call for Secretary Pompeo to defend Israel against politically motivated investigations by the International Criminal Court

Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) and a supermajority of his colleagues in the Senate are urging Secretary of State Michael Pompeo to use America’s influence to curtail the politically driven investigations by the International Criminal Court against our ally Israel


Revisiting of Sokolow v. PLO gives hope to victims’ families

RJC Board of Directors member Sander Gerber co-wrote this piece about the Supreme Court’s decision in Sokolow v. PLO. American victims of Palestinian terrorism and their families sued the PLO and Palestinian Authority under the Anti-Terrorism Act and won a significant monetary judgement at trial, only to lose it when an appellate court vacated the judgement in 2016. The Supreme Court overturned the appellate court’s decision and instructed that court to revisit the case in light of new amendments to the Anti-Terrorism Act of 1992. This decision reopens the possibility for Americans to sue when terrorists murder Americans on foreign soil.


We’re ready to ‘snap back’ sanctions on Iran

The 13-year-old arms embargo on the Iranian regime will expire in October. The embargo was created by the United Nations Security Council but is scheduled to end because of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, leaving the world’s foremost state sponsor of terrorism and anti-Semitism free to import and export combat aircraft, warships, submarines and guided missiles. To prevent this, the Security Council must pass a resolution to extend the arms embargo. If this effort is defeated by a veto, the Trump administration is prepared to exercise all legally available options to extend the embargo.


— Tweets —






— Events —


RJC Victory Team National Day of Action


Please join us for the upcoming RJC Victory Team Virtual Day of Action scheduled for Thursday, May 21. 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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