Under President Obama's direction, the United States has provided record-high levels of Foreign Military Financing to Israel. Holding strong to his ironclad commitment to Israel's security, the Obama Administration announced today the approval of a $1.8 billion agreement providing precision guided munitions and bombs to the Jewish state.
At least four times this past week, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush was asked about the start of the Iraq war, “Knowing what we know now, would you have authorized the invasion?” And each time he gave a different answer – beginning with yes and finally, days later, ending with no.
We can undoubtedly see that Gov. Bush is struggling with an identity crisis. Here at NJDC, we have some similar questions for the would-be presidential candidate—also about the Middle East and his brother former President George W. Bush’s legacy regarding Israel’s safety and security.
In December, I was privileged to attend a White House policy briefing on Iran with Phil Gordon and Colin Kahl. Both wrote articles last week that are mandatory reading for anyone who wants to opine intelligently about preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.
Seemingly like clockwork, every four years, Republicans ask whether or not this is the election cycle when American Jewish voters turn to the GOP. And every four years, American Jewish voters step into the ballot box and vote for the Democratic Party. In his latest op-ed in The Hill, political activist Steve Sheffey explores the reasons why American Jews have and will continue to stay Democratic.
Former U.S. Senator Russ Feingold announced today that he will seek to regain his seat in the 2016 elections, challenging Republican senator Ron Johnson. The National Jewish Democratic Council welcomed the longtime Jewish progressive back to politics, noting his long history of service to the people of Wisconsin and his commitment to the values of American Jewish voters.
Last week, before Governor Scott Walker (R-WI) departed for Israel, we had a few questions we were hoping he'd address during his time abroad. Among those questions were some inquiries about Gov. Walker's foreign policy experience (or lack thereof), particularly given his previous missteps in that particular arena. As JTA reported (not from on site, of course), when given the chance to prove himself as a serious challenger on the world stage, Gov. Walker instead chose to discuss... state budgets.
The RJC is having a "California Summer Gala" in June. Like most organizations these days, RJC provides different levels of giving. But check out the hierarchy: If you give $3,600, you're at the Teddy Roosevelt level. TR was a good progressive who could never win a Republican primary today.
Last week, the Senate passed the Corker-Menendez Iran Nuclear Agreement Act 98-1. None of the Republican poison pill amendments made it into the final bill, which had been amended in committee to remove the provisions to which the White House objected. The bottom line is that any deal the administration negotiates with Iran will be approved as long as the president has the support of one-third of the House or Senate. The bill now moves to the House. This legislation is unnecessary and is at best a face-saving measure for those in Congress who want to tell their constituents they did something, but at least it does no harm.
As Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) prepares to travel to Israel for the first time in his life tomorrow, the National Jewish Democratic Council welcomed him and thanked him for his visit. With members of the press apparently not welcome to accompany the governor during his trip, the organization offered a few questions it and American Jewish voters would be curious to have him address.
Next week, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker will be traveling to Israel and, curiously, he won’t be taking any press with him. AshLee Strong, a spokesperson for Walker’s Our American Revival PAC, explained the decision in a statement released two weeks ago,