In January of 2009, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton slammed the White House for failing to support Israel at the UN Security Council. This was, of course, the administration of President George W. Bush. President Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice chose to abstain on Resolution 1860, a decision Bolton called "a slap at Israel's self-defense."
Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz published an op-ed today in JTA, laying out why American Jews have consistently voted for Democratic candidates and will continue to do so in the future.
A new poll published this week by the Public Religion Research Institute shows once again that the American Jewish community is united behind the cause of marriage equality for all people. The poll's findings show that 77 percent of American Jews support marriage equality, the second-highest percentage of any religion.
Yesterday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee unanimously passed a revised version of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 (S. 615) following a bipartisan compromise that the White House has indicated the President will sign, if reluctantly. The National Jewish Democratic Council, which has long preferred a diplomatic solution to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, praised the passage of the revised bill and commended its Honorary Co-Chair Sen. Benjamin Cardin (D-MD) and others for their work in securing the compromise. NJDC hopes that this version will pass the Senate and House without GOP attempts to amend it in a manner further subjecting the U.S.-Israel relationship to partisan politics.
With Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) announcing today that he will seek the Republican Party’s nomination for the President of the United States, the National Jewish Democratic Council expressed concern over his tired political platform and his willingness to jeopardize the U.S.-Israel relationship for his own political gain.
Today, as former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced her candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, the National Jewish Democratic Council welcomed her to the race and praised her qualifications for office. The organization pointed to her strong track record in the Senate and State Department, noting her history of supporting the issues most important to American-Jewish voters.
Just one day after officially launching his presidential campaign, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has already reverted to his long-standing position that the United States should cease providing foreign aid to our strongest allies, including Israel. The National Jewish Democratic Council slammed the senator for his comments to Fox News's Sean Hannity and to NBC's Savannah Guthrie, stating that his positions would greatly endanger the safety and security of the Jewish state.
As Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) announced his bid today for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, the National Jewish Democratic Council sharply criticized the candidate as being dangerously out of touch with American-Jewish voters.
Today, the United States, Iran, and other members of the P5+1 and European Union announced parameters for Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action regarding the Islamic Republic of Iran's nuclear program. Following the announcement, the National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC) expressed cautious optimism for a final deal and praised all actors on reaching an agreement.
This week, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) will travel to Israel. In response to Speaker Boehner's insistence on continuing to politicize the U.S.-Israel partnership, the National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC) demanded that the speaker stop putting politics above what is best for our alliance