Week In Review 12/9/2017
Will President Trump's decision to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem re-energize the peace process or heighten tensions in a region that teeters on the brink of instability at a moment's notice? The Jewish community is split on the impact this decision will have on Israel and its neighbors.
JAC's concern and main priority is that the U.S.-Israel relationship remains bipartisan and steadfast. We cannot let this change U.S. policy. Neither can we allow this extremely emotional issue divide us nor hinder our ability to continue to strengthen the important bonds between our two countries.
Israel has always been a staunch ally of the U.S. We not only enjoy shared values, but also mutual security and economic interests with Israel. They are also a strong partner in the war against terror. Therefore it is critical that we continue to support candidates who will further our partnership with Israel, such as Rep. Jacky Rosen (D-NV), who is running for the Senate, and Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Bob Casey (D-PA) and others.
JAC's core issue is a strong, bipartisan U.S.-Israel relationship, even if there is a difference in approaches to policy.
The road to peace has been bumpy, trying and frustrating. But it will be up to Israelis and the Palestinians to create a solution that meets the needs of both peoples and that will lead to two independent states. The ultimate goal will be to ensure that Israel will remain a democratic and Jewish state with safe and secure borders. We must continue to work toward that goal regardless.
Also, moving the embassy cannot distract from the increasing security challenges facing Israel. There is the growing threat of Hezbollah in Lebanon, the Syrian civil war and Russia's and Iran's growing presence there, and uncertainty in Saudi Arabia.
In other news this week, JAC-friend Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) announced his resignation from the Senate amidst allegations of misconduct. Throughout his term in the Senate, Franken consistently advocated for JAC's issues. He also helped raise awareness about violence against women and helped to pass the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. JAC was always honored to meet with Franken during our visits to Washington, DC.
At JAC, we strive to provide you with a wide range of information regarding important issues such as this. We will continue to update you on the embassy move and other issues impacting the Jewish community. Please feel free to contact us with questions or comments.