This week in Washington the CUFI Action Fund saw a flurry of activity on issues ranging from the fight against anti-Semitism to the continued expansion of President Trump’s maximum pressure campaign against Iran.
During the past week, we saw another flare up along the Gaza-Israel border with approximately 80 rockets fired into Israel by terrorists affiliated with Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ). The skirmish began last Wednesday, when Israeli soldiers were fired upon by a PIJ sniper cell and the IDF returned fire. This was followed, on Sunday, by a PIJ attempt to plant an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) alongside the security fence separating Gaza and Israel. Again, the terrorist plot was foiled by the IDF.
Over the past week, the CUFI Action Fund has been monitoring and responding to events both heartening and troubling. From developments regarding President Trump’s Middle East peace proposal, to revelations that a sitting US Senator met secretly with Iran’s foreign minister, the week’s news reminds us of the importance of ensuring CUFI’s voice is heard each-and-every day in Washington.
This week’s update comes to you from San Antonio, where CUFI has just wrapped up its largest Leadership Summit ever. Attendees at the event heard from a host of experts like the Foundation for Defense of Democracy’s Jonathen Schanzer and Lt. Col. Eyal Dror (IDF res.) as well as dignitaries like the State Department’s Special Envoy for Monitoring and Combating Anti-Semitism Elan Carr and Ambassador of Israel to the US Ron Dermer.
In this week’s CUFI Action Update we are going to update readers on the current state of the peace proposal, delve into the Arab world’s reaction to the proposal including the thaw underway between certain nations and Israel, and touch on the Trump administration’s most recent efforts to counter Iran.
On Tuesday, CUFI founder and Chairman Pastor John Hagee and CUFI Action Fund Chairwoman Sandra Parker were on hand as President Trump laid out his proposal for peace in the Middle East. As Pastor Hagee noted in his subsequent statement, “This… is the best peace proposal any American administration has ever put forth. The President’s vision ensures Israel’s defensible borders, a united Jerusalem, sovereignty over biblical holy sites, and provides an opportunity for the Palestinians to choose peace.”
The CUFI Action Fund had a strong finish to 2019, and we’ve hit the ground running in the New Year.
In 2020 we’re changing up the way we communicate with our cadre of core activists and policy community professionals. Starting today, the Action Fund will be delivering to your inbox our weekly Action Update covering key issues, legislation and policies important to our mission.
Less than 24 hours after Defense Secretary Mark Esper warned of possible preemptive action against Iran, a historic strike killed Quds Force leader Qassem Soleimani, Iranian proxy militia commander Abu Mahdi al Muhandis, and other Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps officers. These individuals, and Soleimani in particular, had the blood of hundreds of American soldiers and thousands of innocent civilians on their hands.