The RJC Weekly Newsletter
March 30, 2017
Your weekly look at the latest news, analysis,
and RJC activities around the country.
— Featured —
Trump Moving Forward on Promises
President Donald Trump is moving forward on key campaign promises he made to the American people:
- Declaring “a new era of American energy,” the Trump administration approved construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.
- The Trump administration is preparing new executive orders to re-examine all 14 U.S. free trade agreements and review government procurement policies to aid American companies.
- President Trump announced the White House Office of American Innovation, to be led by Jared Kushner, with sweeping authority to overhaul the federal bureaucracy using principles and ideas from the business world.
- The Justice Department will withhold grants from state and local governments with “sanctuary city” policies (states and cities whose governments refuse to work with federal authorities in enforcing immigration laws).
- President Trump signed a resolution passed by the House and Senate overturning a rule that would have “blacklisted” companies engaged in labor disputes, an Obama-era rule that benefited unions.
- He has signed legislation rolling back a number of regulations.
- In an executive order focused on energy independence and economic growth, the President ordered federal departments and agencies to review and revise or rescind regulations that unduly burden the development of domestic energy sources, while taking appropriate action to protect clean air and water.
About Those JCC Bomb Threats
When bomb threats were made against Jewish community centers and other Jewish institutions across the U.S. in recent weeks, the mainstream media and the liberal wing of the Jewish community were quick to claim that President Trump was responsible for the so-called rise in anti-Semitism since the election.
As Evelyn Gordon points out, the arrest of an American-Israeli teen in Israel for making those threats should have ended that narrative. In fact, Gordon demonstrates that the wave of threats was caused and continued by the media’s hysterical reaction to those threats:
Police sources told Haaretz that the teen’s main goal appears to have been obtaining media coverage… For the past few months, the Israeli police sources said, he has focused all his energy on threatening Jewish institutions in the U.S., because he knew that would create the media outcry he wanted.
That same Haaretz report credits pressure from the Trump administration for the teen’s capture. As the Jerusalem Post explains, the U.S. sent FBI resources to Israel to assist with the case:
[Soon] 14 FBI agents and technical experts arrived in Israel and held a series of meetings at the Lod headquarters of Lahav 433, Israel’s elite police investigative unit, where they discussed the gaps in locating the suspect.
Moreover, the FBI brought sophisticated technology to the investigation that the Israel Police did not have access to previously, which turned out to be essential in locating the suspect.
This bipartisan legislation would amend the Church Arson Prevention Act enacted in 1996 to ensure that individuals who make bomb threats and other “credible threats” of violence based on the religious nature of the target can be prosecuted for committing a hate crime.
Ambassador Nikki Haley – Leading the Fight Against Anti-Israel Bias at the UN
The U.S. delegation at the United Nations continues to stand up for Israel there.
Last Friday, the Trump administration’s deputy representative to the UN, Michele Sison, strongly condemned the UN’s systemic anti-Israel bias. She spoke at a Security Council session to hear the first report issued under UNSC Res. 2334, which the Obama administration allowed to pass last December. Earlier that day, the U.S. voted against five anti-Israel resolutions at the UN Human Rights Council.
U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley spoke at the “Ambassadors Against BDS” conference at the United Nations on Wednesday, calling BDS “a movement away from truth and away from history.”
Haley has earned the enthusiastic support and gratitude of the pro-Israel community. (See her appearance at the AIPAC Policy Conference here.)
— Short Takes —
U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman was sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday.
The Wall Street Journal editorial on Monday highlighted the Palestinian Authority’s “pay for slay” policy of paying the families of terrorists, and the Taylor Force Act which seeks to withhold U.S. funds from the PA until it reverses that policy.
New Iran Sanctions Introduced
Among other steps, the measure would impose mandatory sanctions on those involved in Iran’s ballistic missile program and apply terrorism sanctions to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard.
The Israel Anti-Boycott Act, introduced by Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.) would penalize international NGOs and foreign countries that boycott, divest from or sanction Israel for its policies with the Palestinians.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali examines political Islam as an ideology, how its adherents try to expand its reach, and how the West can counter it.
Palestinian Ex-Terrorist Takes U.S. Plea Deal, Losing Citizenship
Rasmea Yousef Odeh, one of the organizers of the “Women’s Strike,” is a convicted Palestinian terrorist with Israeli blood on her hands. She lied on her U.S. immigration documents to hide her past. She will be deported and will lose her U.S. citizenship.
Austin Bay takes an in-depth look at North Korea and the Trump Administration’s indications that our policy in the region is changing.
The Daily Caller reports that, “The U.S. is deploying strategic assets to the Korean peninsula with greater secrecy to ‘maximize fear in the North,’ military officials revealed Sunday.”
— Events —
POSTPONED MEET & GREET WITH REP. TODD ROKITA
Chicago,IL – March 31, 2017
GEORGIA SIXTH DISTRICT CONGRESSIONAL JOB INTERVIEW
Sandy Springs, GA – April 2, 2017
EVENT WITH CONG. JOHN CULBERSON
Houston, TX – April 19, 2017
MEET & GREET WITH REP. DAVID SCHWEIKERT
Paradise Valley, AZ – April 23, 2017
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