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The RJC Weekly Newsletter

August 13, 2020

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

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Donald Trump, and UAE Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan


Trump Brokers Historic Israel-UAE Peace Agreement


Today, President Donald Trump announced an historic peace agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. RJC National Chairman Senator Norm Coleman said

President Trump has brokered a game-changing agreement for the Middle East. This is the first time since the Israel-Jordan peace treaty, 25 years ago, that leaders of Israel and an Arab state have agreed to establish full diplomatic ties.

President Trump’s vision and determination have once again brought about positive, constructive change in the region. Like his decisions to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and to move our embassy there, this agreement is something no other President has been able to achieve.

Read the joint statement from the US, Israel and the UAE here.


The Algemeiner reports

The deal was the product of lengthy discussions between Israel, the UAE and the United States that accelerated recently, White House officials said.

The agreement was sealed in a phone call on Thursday between Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed.

…In the White House Oval Office, Trump said discussions between the two leaders had sometimes been tense. He said similar deals are being discussed with other countries in the region. A signing ceremony including delegations from Israel and the United Arab Emirates will be held at the White House in the coming weeks, Trump added.

“Everybody said this would be impossible,” Trump said. “After 49 years, Israel and the United Arab Emirates will fully normalize their diplomatic relations. They exchange embassies and ambassadors and begin cooperation across the border.”

The US officials described the agreement, to be known as the Abraham Accords, as the first of its kind since Israel and Jordan signed a peace treaty in 1994.

The RJC held a press conference this afternoon to discuss the historic announcement from President Trump on the Israel-UAE peace deal, and the re-election of the President. RJC Board of Directors members Jason Greenblatt (former Special Representative for International Negotiations for President Donald J. Trump) and Ari Fleischer (former George W. Bush White House Press Secretary), RJC National Chairman Senator Norm Coleman, and RJC Executive Director Matt Brooks spoke and took questions from the media.


Senator Coleman called President Trump’s success in brokering the Israel-UAE accord, “Nobel Prize-worthy stuff." He said, "Barack Obama got a Nobel Prize for making a speech. Trump brought Israel and the UAE together to change the tone of the Middle East… The choice is clearer today than ever before. President Trump is the best friend Israel has ever had in the White House. Today we see the fruit of his efforts, of his having the trust of Israel and our Gulf allies.”


Ari Fleischer commented on the pattern of Jewish voting for Republican presidential candidates over the years and said, “When I look at what Trump has achieved and the problems that Biden represents, there is room to grow [for Republicans]. 'Inroads' is the name of the game. As George W. Bush proved in Florida… swing states can be won by Republicans when they make inroads in the Jewish vote.”


Matt Brooks elaborated on this point: “You will hear Democrats talking about having a stranglehold on the Jewish vote, that they will keep a majority of the Jewish vote. That’s true – but inroads are being made. We have examples and case studies, such as the Florida governor’s race in 2018, when Ron DeSantis won a historic high of 35% of the Jewish vote. He won the governor’s race by 30,000 votes, and he’ll tell you that the significant increase in the Jewish vote was key to his victory.”


Brooks also discussed the RJC’s 2020 outreach project: “We have put significant time and resources into building the most comprehensive Jewish voter file ever… Our grassroots team, field staff and volunteers, have made more than 250,000 voter ID calls… We will get our message to the right audience with massive TV and digital ads, and direct mail. Ten million dollars is our total 2020 independent expenditure budget, and 90% of that will go to Trump’s reelection. There are 2-3 states with House and Senate races where we will make significant expenditures as well… Our top priority is maximizing the Jewish vote for President Trump.”


Jason Greenblatt pointed out the key takeaways from today’s news of the Israel-UAE agreement: "This accord shows that the world has changed, the Middle East has changed. People are willing to work with Israel, not only on security… There is an Arab-Israeli conflict and an Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and they don’t have to solved together. Unfortunately, Ramallah [seat of the Palestinian Authority] is failing to recognize how they can benefit here.”


Matt Brooks concluded by saying: “As we head into the elections, we are encouraged by the opportunities, the room to grow, and the inroads we are making. Joe Biden has had 40-plus years in public service – and has been wrong for too long. President Trump has a different way, a way that gets results. We have a successful message to bring to the Jewish community.”


Senator Coleman agreed: “Israel is more secure, America is more secure; we’re optimistic.”


Steve Daines - Montana Senate Race

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell recently likened the fight for control of the Senate to "a knife fight" in an alley, and there's no race that better illustrates the heated nature of the contest than the showdown in Montana between first-term Sen. Steve Daines and Gov. Steve Bullock. Democrats pulled out all the stops to recruit failed presidential candidate Bullock, knowing it was their only chance to make this race part of the Senate battlefield.


Bullock has benefitted from his role as governor during the COVID crisis. And lest we forget, Montana's other Senator, Jon Tester, is a Democrat who was reelected in 2018. It shouldn't be surprising that the race is very close, both in polls and in the all-important money race. 


Senator Daines has a simple message: Montanans will likely be deciding whether the Senate will remain a conservative bulwark led by McConnell or veer left with Chuck Schumer. Daines is highlighting the liberal stances Bullock adopted while seeking the Democrats' presidential nomination. There are very stark contrasts on taxes, gun rights, immigration, as well as on national security issues. While Daines was a vocal opponent of the Obama Iran nuclear deal, J Street-endorsed Bullock campaigned on a platform of reentering the deal.


Montana's a small state and it's not a presidential battleground. But there's no denying its importance to the direction of the Senate and the country. If you haven't already, please consider making a contribution to support a great friend, Senator Steve Daines.


The RJC PAC has endorsed Steve Daines. You can help him win by clicking here to support his campaign.


Please watch this space for more in-depth analysis on individual races in the critical 2020 elections. If you’d like to share your thoughts with me on any of these races, please email me at [email protected]Click here to see previous "Notes from Norm."



It's Biden-Harris

Joe Biden has chosen Sen. Kamala Harris to be his presidential running mate. We’ll have a lot to say about Harris and the damage that a Biden-Harris administration would inflict on American families – and our alliance with Israel – in future newsletters.


For now, here is how RJC Executive Director Matt Brooks responded to the announcement of Harris joining the Democratic ticket:

Joe Biden has sealed the Democrat Party’s move to the extreme left with the choice of Kamala Harris as his running mate.

Senator Harris wants to put the US back into the disastrous Obama-Biden nuclear deal with Iran. She does not stand with Israel and the Jewish community. She voted against an anti-BDS bill in the Senate that also extended an existing loan guarantee program with Israel. As Attorney General of California, she received numerous letters from Jewish organizations urging her to act against anti-Semitic activities on campuses in the California public university system, but she refused to answer those pleas.

Harris is right up there with the Bernie Sanders wing of the party in supporting ‘Medicare for All’ and opposing fair trade deals like the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). In a 2016 California Senate candidate debate, then-Attorney General Harris said she had directed local law enforcement that they were not required to comply with ICE detainers for illegal immigrants who committed crimes.

A Biden-Harris White House would push the Left’s agenda on the American people, weakening our national security, choking off our economic opportunities, endangering our allies, and weakening our relationship with Israel.

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 candidates, 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. 




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RJC Victory Team National Days of Action


Please join us for the upcoming RJC Victory Team Virtual Days of Action on Tuesday, August 18 and Tuesday, August 20


We'll be calling potential Jewish voters in Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, Arizona, and Georgia, 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.


While RJC offices are closed and our staff are teleworking, you can reach us by email or by phone (please leave a voicemail message and your call will be returned). Contact information for our offices can be found on our web site. Please visit us online for the latest RJC news, to volunteer for our 2020 outreach efforts, to see details of upcoming events, and to donate to the RJC.


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