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The RJC Weekly Newsletter

March 19, 2020

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

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President Trump and his top advisors brief the media on the US response to the pandemic.

Coronavirus Tops the News

Coronavirus is the top story this week, as Americans struggle with the changes to their work and family lives brought about by the pandemic. The RJC extends to all our members and friends our good wishes and prayers for health and for a quick recovery from the current disruption to families, businesses, and communities.


Important: If the news outlets you watch are not providing complete coverage of the daily White House briefings on the coronavirus, be sure to check out the White House YouTube channel, where you can watch the briefings in full. Get the facts directly from the experts who are leading America’s response to this crisis. 

Women in Iran wearing face masks during the pandemic.

International Ripples from the Pandemic

When we emerge from the coronavirus pandemic, we may find that elements of international relations have changed dramatically. The US trade relationship with China is one example; Iran’s regime is another.


Andrew A. Michta, writing at The American Interest, has this to say about China

Should the fallout from the Wuhan Virus prove to be as damaging as it looks like it might be, the first casualty should be China’s quest to become the premier manufacturing center for the world. Few corporations will want to again risk being caught in a situation where their entire supply chain has been locked into one country—much less a palpably hostile dictatorship. The subsequent era will, I hope, be one of strategic reconsolidation, with a special focus on onshoring critical supply chains that have been moved to China. Even the siren song of potentially-vast consumer markets in China may end up being more than offset by the trauma we are about to face.

Shadi Hamid at The Atlantic also lays the blame squarely on China

The political scientist Andrew Michta has drawn controversy and accusations of racism for stating what any measured overview of the evidence makes clear. “The question about assigning agency and blame is pretty straightforward to answer,” he writes in The American Interest. The Chinese state, he says, is culpable.

But is this a time for blame? Yes, it is. Accounting for responsibility when a disaster happens—particularly one likely to devastate entire countries, leaving thousands dead—is not beside the point, particularly as Chinese officials move to take advantage of the crisis and launch a disinformation campaign claiming that the US Army introduced the virus.

Iran is the third hardest-hit country in this pandemic, behind only China and Italy. Today the death toll in Iran neared 1,300. Dozens of members of the regime are sick, the health care system is overwhelmed, and the theocratic dictatorship that rules the country is losing legitimacy. Could this bring long-term change to Iran? Ilan Berman, writing at National Review, raises that possibility

Soaring inflation. Deepening domestic discontent. An expanding environmental crisis. Even before the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in recent weeks, the Iranian regime was struggling under the weight of domestic problems that increasingly threatened to undermine the integrity of the Islamic Republic. With the advent of COVID-19, however, matters have become much, much worse for the Iranian regime — so much so that it isn’t unreasonable to think that the Iranian regime could buckle under the weight of its own internal contradictions.

Noah Blum at Tablet adds:

The real scope of Iran’s COVID-19 outbreak has not yet become clear, and it remains to be seen whether the ayatollahs can maintain stability in the face of such a public health crisis, which has only been made worse by the theocratic regime’s totalitarian tactics, whiplash policies, and the state of international isolation and economic sanctions that it has brought on its own people by its pursuit of nuclear weapons, development of ballistic missiles, threats against neighboring and regional countries, and genocidal warfare in Syria—policies that the regime is continuing even as it buries its own people in open pits.

The 2020 Election is NOT Postponed

Despite the current disruption to daily life, our national political life continues. In just 229 days, this country will hold elections.


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 what to do:

  • 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!

Jewish outreach calls are crucial to turning Republican Jews out to the polls and to convincing undecided and even some Jewish Democrats to vote for President Trump and the GOP on their ballots. With people all over the country spending their days at home, this is the perfect time to reach out to our fellow Jews. Click here to volunteer to help with this project! 


Looking for one article that makes the case for Jewish voters to support President Donald Trump for reelection? Josh Hammer has written it; read it here

Countdown to Election Day


• 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 —

Sanders, Khanna push for Iran sanctions relief amid coronavirus

Melissa Weiss reports: Some US lawmakers are urging Washington to lift sanctions on Iran [including Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA)]… Mike Doran, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, tells JI: “The people who are pushing hardest for sanctions relief on a humanitarian basis were the ones most opposed to sanctions in the first place. Mechanisms exist to provide assistance to Iran to fight the coronavirus. What the US should not do is provide cash to the regime, in the form of loans or grants. The regime will simply use it to fund its terror machine, which is as active as ever across the Arab world.”


J Street claims to be pro-Israel, but conceals BDS ties
Ryan Fournier writes: Daniel Levy, a co-founder of J Street, sits on the board of Rockefeller Brothers Fund (RBF) where he has been a leading voice in support of massive financial grants for BDS activities. The two groups ostensibly clash when it comes to BDS policy, yet Levy’s fingerprints can be found at both organizations.




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