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The RJC Weekly Newsletter

August 20, 2020

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

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— Featured —


RJC Mourns the Passing of David Flaum

With profound sadness we must share the news that former RJC National Chairman David Flaum passed away today.


David Flaum was the RJC’s longest-serving National Chairman and an inspirational leader, who presided over a period of historic growth for the organization and elevated the RJC to the highest levels of effectiveness and impact. He will be sorely missed.


May his family be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.



Arizona Senate Race:
Martha McSally


Even in a legislative body filled with accomplished people, Martha McSally stands out as someone extraordinary. During a 26-year career in the US Air Force, she was a trail-blazer - the first woman to fly in combat and the first to command a fighter squadron. She first came to national attention when she successfully challenged a military policy that required women serving in Saudi Arabia to wear body-concealing Muslim garb when travelling off base.


Not long after retiring with the rank of colonel, Martha jumped into the political fray, winning election to the House of Representatives from southern Arizona. After Senator John McCain's death, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey tapped Martha to fill the vacant seat. This year, she is in a special election to determine who will serve the last two years of the term.


The Democratic candidate is Mark Kelly, a former astronaut who is married to former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords. And while McSally's campaign fundraising has surpassed all previous state records, Kelly has raised even more.


So far, Kelly has avoided tough scrutiny, but in the critical upcoming weeks, McSally's team is going to aggressively make the case that Kelly' s liberal positions and business ties to Communist China are wrong for Arizona. Martha McSally is a strong defender of Israel and a great friend of the RJC. Mark Kelly is endorsed by J Street and opposed President Donald Trump's withdrawal from the Obama Iran deal.


Bottom line on this race: Democrats cannot win the majority in the Senate without flipping this seat. It will be a tough fight, but we have every reason to stand with Martha McSally, as she has stood with us.


The RJC PAC has endorsed Martha McSally. You can help her win by clicking here to support her 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."



Join Us on Sunday!

Every four years, the RJC holds events during the Republican National Convention, and this year is no different. The Convention has gone virtual and so have we! Join us on Sunday, August 23 at 7pm Eastern Time for a live-streamed conversation with Senator Ted Cruz and RJC Executive Director Matt Brooks.




There is no charge for this event. Space is limited, so register today!


RJC in the News

It has been a very busy week, and the Republican Jewish Coalition has been on the go, getting our message out there and responding quickly and strongly to breaking news. 


RJC National Chairman Senator Norm Coleman penned an op-ed for Newsweek magazine on the historic UAE-Israel peace agreement. He wrote:

The establishment of diplomatic ties between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), brokered by President Donald Trump, is one more excellent step in the emergence of a Trump Doctrine. He withdrew the US from the Paris Climate Pact, the INF Treaty, Open Skies and the Iran nuclear deal (JCPOA) because the parties were cheating. He reduced American forces in Syria and Afghanistan because we had no place in their civil wars. He reconfigured American forces in NATO—fewer in Germany and more in Poland—for the better protection of both our allies and ourselves. In each case, America is at the center of American foreign policy.

The Washington Free Beacon noted the silence of Democratic Senate candidates on the UAE-Israel agreement and quoted the RJC on the contrast between President Donald Trump's winning foreign policy and the Democrats' failures in the region:

Neil Strauss, spokesman for the Republican Jewish Coalition, said that remaining silent is preferable to "exposing yourself as clueless."

"The Israel-UAE peace deal absolutely exposes the Democrats' foreign policy strategy of appeasement of Iran as a failure," Strauss said. "President Trump’s strategy of maximum pressure and standing shoulder to shoulder with our trusted ally Israel, and the Arab states willing to stand up to Iran, is an absolute success."

The RJC was proud to applaud President Trump for his decision to invoke the "snapback" provision of UN Security Council Resolution 2231, reimposing UN sanctions on Iran that were suspended under the resolution as part of the JCPOA. 

Today’s decision by President Trump to invoke the "snapback" provision of 2231 is the right decision for the safety of the United States and the entire world. The UN has confirmed that Iran is violating every provision of the JCPOA. While the Obama-Biden deal with Iran was always a calamity that gave Iran everything it wanted, secured none of the protections we needed, and made the world less safe, this provision will help to fight back against Iran’s malign activities.

UNSC Res. 2231 is unambiguous as to the United States' right to invoke the "snapback" provision. The United States is listed by name as a country that can invoke the provision, and it does not stipulate that the US must still be a party to the agreement. To be clear, 2231 is not the Iran nuclear deal, it is a UN resolution. President Trump did not forfeit our right to the "snapback" provision in 2231; in fact, it was not possible to forfeit that right.

We should not have ever been in this position. At the time Biden and Obama entered into the disastrous deal, Iran was on a razor’s edge because international sanctions were working. The JCPOA with its sanctions relief was a lifeline to the Ayatollah and his regime - one they did not deserve. President Trump is doing everything he can to clean up the mistakes of Biden and Obama. The RJC thanks President Trump for his courage in standing up to the #1 state sponsor of terrorism, Iran.

Read more about the President's action here


The RJC pushed back on the lies and liars on display at the Democratic National Convention.


•  Our daily commentary at the Democrats' policy failures, increasingly radical positions, and abandonment of Israel can be found here: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4.  


•  When antisemitic agitator Linda Sarsour showed up as a speaker at the Convention's official "Muslim Delegates Assembly" to say, "The Democratic Party… is absolutely our party in this moment," the RJC blasted out this response

It is outrageous that the Democratic National Committee would allow Linda Sarsour to represent their party to American voters. Sarsour is a rabid antisemite, a friend of Louis Farrakhan, and a proponent of the BDS movement against Israel. She spreads anti-Israel lies and champions the cause of terrorists. Sarsour’s blatant antisemitism finally made her so treif that the radical Women’s March organization had to force her out of her leadership role, but she’s still kosher for the Democrat Party.

If Linda Sarsour is the face of the Democrat Party, then the Democrat Party has truly become the party of antisemitism and too toxic for American Jews.

•  Fox News reported on our response to former Secretary of State John Kerry's convention speech "narrative" about the Obama-Biden Iran nuclear deal: 

The Republican Jewish Coalition knocked Kerry over the deal on Tuesday.

“John Kerry is lying about the Iran deal. What’s amazing is that there is proof that Iran never abided by the deal. The UN confirms Iran violated every aspect of the deal. He gave Iran everything, got nothing, and made the world less safe,” the group tweeted.

•  The Jerusalem Post quoted the RJC on the Democrats' presidential ticket and their "conditional" support for Israel:

Neil Strauss, the spokesperson for the Republican Jewish Coalition, pushed back against Biden’s and Harris’s record on Israel. “Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have both proven that their support of Israel is conditional,” he told the Post. “At the end of his term, Biden helped the Obama administration rally countries to vote for UN Resolution 2334. That was after the presidential election, and probably when he thought he was done with politics. That really kind of shows his true feelings and his true support for Israel.

“And look at Kamala Harris,” he continued. “When she was running in the primary when she thought it was advantageous to vote against anti-BDS legislation, she did so. She can [say] whatever she wants about her record on Israel. But she has shown that when it’s not politically convenient, she won’t be there for Israel.

“Support for Israel is really important [for voters]. Sometimes polling shows that it’s not a top issue for Jews,” Strauss added. “But part of the reason for that is because there’s been strong bipartisan support for Israel, and [now] there is a feeling that the Democratic Party is losing its traditional support for 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. 



— Short Takes —

UAE and Israel: A match made in heaven

RJC Vice Chairman's Council member Martin Oliner writes that this historic agreement, wedding the technology of Israel with the economic powerhouse of the UAE, has the potential to make the entire world a better place.


How Team Trump is combatting Iran’s militant antisemitism

Brian H. Hook, US Special Representative for Iran and Senior Adviser to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Elan S. Carr, the US Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism, write that under the Trump administration, the United States will continue to employ every appropriate tool of national power against the Iranian regime and its anti-Semitism.



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— Events —


RJC Victory Team National Days of Action


Please join us for the upcoming RJC Victory Team Virtual Days of Action scheduled next week for Sunday, August 23Tuesday, August 25 and Thursday, August 27We'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!



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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