|Message from Dr. Ben
The presidential race is getting off to an interesting start with
expected to be about 20 contenders in the Democratic Primary, the winner
of which will presumably face President Trump
Even though the polls indicate a vulnerable incumbent,
expect a solid election effort from Trump as a seasoned campaigner.
are relieved that the Independent Council found no credible
evidence of Russian influence in the Administration. It is likely that
more is to come on this matter if the claims of abuse of the
FISA Court are true and that the findings will impact the 2020 election.
obnoxious pressure from MoveOn to boycott AIPAC, most of the Democratic
presidential contenders had either attended or met with
AIPAC delegations during the conference.
are encouraged that the current Democratic front-runner, VP Joe
Biden, has a long and deep record of favoring a strong US-Israel
hard money (i.e. our donations given under FEC rules and
controlled by the candidates themselves) is still
very valuable and so our work has become more important as both a
counterbalance to the soft (dark) money, and to give voice to ordinary
American recognition of Israeli Sovereignty over the Golan
applaud the Administration for this diplomatic recognition. The
Golan has historic roots as part of biblical Israel and Israeli
sovereignty over this sparsely populated area has
been recognized as a fact on the ground for over fifty years. Most
people are unaware that Syria, as an independent country, was only
established on October 1945 with French troops withdrawing in 1946.
While the Syrian Arab Republic controlled the Golan for about 20
years, it regularly attacked Israel from this
platform until 1967 when Israel claimed it in a defensive
the news full of accusations of politicization by those
that would administrate and prosecute justice, we would ask those
involved to take the time to reflect on their personal oaths
to impartially uphold the law.
The judicial system is the foundation of any democracy and those within it have a sacred obligation to avoid and prevent partisanship.
We are proud that NORPAC members were involved in at least two
cases of helping to fund the defense of political prosecution: Robert
Menendez (whose incitement was announced the same day he publicly
opposed the Iran deal) and before that Tom Delay. Both were
eventually vindicated but the toll on these public servants, as well as
the nation, was severe.
letter by Alan Dershowitz criticizing the prosecution of Prime
Minister Netanyahu makes the case that Israel also faces similar
challenges of the politicization of the Justice Offices. It is difficult
to explain to Members of Congress the confusing charges against the
Prime Minister made by zealous
public prosecutors. This is very damaging to the reputation of Israel
that is perceived as having truth and justice as paramount values.
Iranian economy is continuing to experience the difficulties of
American Sanctions. Even so, they remain in Syria and continue to build
their military presence. They are seeking to control Iraq as well
through the political influence of the Shiite portion of the country.
Expect the conflict between Iran and Israel to continue both directly in
Syria and though their Hezbollah proxies in Lebanon. Should Iran gain
political control of Iraq, that would complete their hegemony from
Afghanistan to the Mediterranean.
expect Europe to come to the same conclusion as our Administration on
Iran: that the Iranian theocracy is an aggressive,
repressive entity that facilitates terrorism and doing business
with it is counterproductive to European economic interests
(and its values).
American Withdrawal from Syria
Trump Administration is slowing America’s planned withdrawal from
Syria. The problem is that a vacuum of
opposition was created by our military taking out ISIS which,
while a terrible entity, was a major adversary of the new Persian
We expect that President Trump, known as the world's greatest deal-maker,
will avoid a power vacuum which would be created by a
full American withdrawal from Syria and make anyone, especially
Iran, pay for every inch of territorial influence.
included strong legislation against BDS, passed the Senate with a
solid majority. The House is taking up the legislation and we
expect more pushback from those supporting the ACLU position on this
group of Senate Democrats running this cycle for President, only
Amy Klobuchar voted for passage of S.1, which included aid funding to
Israel and anti-BDS measures. Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Cory
Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Bernie Sanders all voted against it. We
are still soliciting their support for other BDS legislation
and hopeful they will sign on.
ACLU is vigorously opposing the legislation to curb the
anti-Semitic BDS movement, calling it a matter of free speech.
It is unfortunate that the ACLU would soil its reputation of good
work by stalling the legislative efforts to combat the
anti-Semitic movement of BDS. While we have no definite proof
of manipulation of the organization, we are concerned that the
massive 2018 Soros-directed donation of 50 million dollars to the ACLU
may have influenced its activity in this matter.
campuses have become a spawning ground for BDS activity.
The high school training program NORPAC and its members have been
working on, to create a generation of college leaders to
progress. A disproportionate number of Jewish campus leaders come
from these high schools. Please contact Avi at 201-788-5133 if you
would like to help with these programs.
country's civil war is essentially over, with Assad remaining at
the helm largely due to the help of Iran, Hezbollah, and Russia.
These Syrian allies are not necessarily in sync, as Russian
influence would be greater without Iran in the picture.
Israel's northern border with Lebanon is controlled by
Iran having either domination or influence on Hezbollah and Assad.
This is a mortal threat to Israel. We fear a future conflict
in the north would have significant casualties on both sides.
Hezbollah as a fighting force is both battle hardened and better
armed, and in any conflict would be more prepared for the
turmoil in Syria will take years to reverse, as the mortality and
morbidity from this civil war were drastic. The area is still explosive
with Turkey wishing to invade Kurdish territory and Iran wishing to
control Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon. Two
million Syrian Sunni refugees living in Lebanon,
controlled by Shiite Hezbollah, has yet to play out in a conflict,
but this demographic change in Lebanon is important to observe.
One of the side benefits of America's presence in Syria has been a life-saving regional stabilizing influence.
Gaza, which is an economic mess due to Hamas, the current situation
in Israel is relatively stable. While there are acts of
terrorism in Israel originating from the PA-controlled areas, they
are relatively few and have been minimized by Israel's remarkable
also worked to encourage economic progress and prosperity in the
Palestinian-controlled areas of Judea and Samaria, the West Bank. The
relative quiet in this area is reflective of good security,
economic progress, and people having jobs and doing better. We are
appropriately concerned with the unfortunate rhetoric
coming from the bully pulpit of political and religious authorities in
the PA area. We should, however, also look at facts on
the ground and be cautious not to destabilize a reasonably
Our job is
to give Israel agency to do the best they can under
enormous difficulties and pressures. If it is the
decision of the Israeli government to financially support the imperfect
leadership of the PA. Israel is on the front line of these choices. It
should be Israel's decision, which will likely require their
children to pick up arms, on how, when, and
with whom to make changes in relations and agreements.