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The Action Update: A Brave New World, Peace Through Strength, Back to the Future.

September 17, 2020

This week’s Action Update is being written just hours after CUFI’s founder and Chairman Pastor John Hagee, the CUFI Action Fund’s Chairwoman Sandra Parker, and several other CUFI staff were at the White House witnessing leaders from Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain signing peace agreements. History is being made, and we’re in the midst of it.

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The Action Update: A Pariah Rising, A Country Falling.

September 9, 2020

The Mediterranean Sea comprises nearly 1 million square miles of pristine blue waters. Whether you’re sitting on a beach in Tel Aviv or lounging on a coastal Greek balcony, the view is of a magnificent, awe-inspiring expanse, – unless of course you’re Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Edorgan. All he sees is a battlefield. In this week’s Action Update we’re going to go around the Med, starting with the ravings of Turkey’s strongman President and then turning our attention to the latest out of Lebanon.

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The Action Update: Meet the New Boss…, Enter the Turks, UAE-Israel Normalization

September 2, 2020

Earlier this week it was reported that the French Minister of the Armed Forces, said, “Hezbollah is a legitimate political party.” In this week’s Action Update we’ll discuss recent events in Lebanon (spoiler alert: the French are wrong), as well the latest progress to normalize relations between the UAE and Israel.

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The Action Update: Speaking of Allies, Speaking of Turkey, Speaking of Pariah States

August 25, 2020

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in the Middle East this week, where he is meeting with leaders in Israel as well as several Arab countries in the hopes of replicating the normalization of relations between the United Arab Emirates and Israel. Israel’s Ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer, expressed optimism in in an interview stating that we would soon see other Arab countries choose to join the growing coalition of countries abandoning unnecessary quarrels with the Jewish state and choosing instead to focus on peace and prosperity in the region.

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The Action Update: UAE-Israel Normalization, Iran Gets to Buy More Bombs (Maybe), Hezbollah Gets Away with Murder

August 18, 2020

This week’s Action Update could easily be dubbed the good news, bad news edition. Across the Middle East we saw truly historic events – some that fill us with joy, others that cause us to shake our heads in utter disappointment. But let’s start with the good news.

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The Action Update: Beirut Blast, Hezbollah-stan, Speaking of Iran

August 12, 2020

As we were sitting down to write last week’s Action Update, news was just coming out about the blast in Beirut. This week, we’ll share what’s been reported, and what we feel must come in the wake of this horrific tragedy. In addition, we’ll look at broader nuclear proliferation in the Middle East. The common denominator in all these troubling events is, unsurprisingly, the Islamic Republic of Iran.

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The Action Update: Shared Enemies, Shared Goals, Shared Defences

August 06, 2020

We often discuss the US-Israel relationship in very high-minded and spiritual terms because we are, after all, the CHRISTIANS United for Israel Action Fund. This foundation of shared values is deep and strong, but some on Capitol Hill, view the world differently then we. However, that doesn’t mean that those with a different approach to foreign policy should place less tangible value on the alliance between America and Israel. Regardless of how one views the alliance, we should always remember that we share values, goals, defenses, and yes, enemies.

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The Action Update: Hezbollah Attack and The Congressional Failures and Victories

July 29, 2020

Over the past week, we’ve seen a whirlwind of activity both in Washington and Israel. These events remind us of the vital importance of ensuring our voice is heard loud and clear in our nation’s capital.

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The Action Update: Who’s Getting Your Money?

July 22, 2020

On June 20th, the Department of Defense was mandated by law to report to Congress on the status of efforts of the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) to extricate Hezbollah from both its entrenched position in southern Lebanon and its infiltration of the US-backed Lebanese military. Sadly, June 20th came and went with no report.

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The Action Update: Standing Up to the Anti-Zionists

July 15, 2020

This past week, we have seen a host of activity, including significant progress on our efforts to advance policy and impact the national conversation about Israel.

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The Action Update: The terrible Iran nuclear deal

July 8, 2020

When President Trump unveiled his much anticipated proposal for peace in the Middle East, he noted in his remarks, “As everyone knows, I have done a lot for Israel: moving the United States Embassy to Jerusalem; recognizing the Golan Heights and, frankly, perhaps most importantly, getting out of the terrible Iran nuclear deal [emphasis added].”

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The Action Update: The CUFI 2020 Virtual Summit

July 1, 2020

This week, tens of thousands of Americans tuned into to the 2020 Virtual Summit. We were thrilled to hear from a host of top leaders including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, ambassadors David Friedman, Ron Dermer and Nikki Haley, and more than a half-dozen Members of Congress representing both parties.

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The Action Update: Israeli Sovereignty and Iran Nukes and Arms

June 25, 2020

Beginning on Sunday, Christians United for Israel will be holding its annual summit – albeit virtually. Announced speakers include Secretary of State Pompeo, Prime Minister Netanyahu, President Rivlin, Ambassadors Friedman and Dermer, Senators Blackburn, Cotton, Cruz, Lankford, Rosen, Rubio, and Scott, Rep. Crenshaw, and many more government officials and subject matter experts. If you have not already done so, please visit CUFI.org to register for this important event.

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The Action Update: The Fringe and Aid to Israel

June 18, 2020

One of the cornerstones of the US-Israel relationship is that with American support, Israel can acquire the most advanced means in which to defend itself. American aid enables Israel to maintain a qualitative military edge in a turbulent region. While not all American politicians agree with all Israeli actions all of the time, outside of the most fringe elected officials, there is widespread consensus that it is in America’s interest to ensure Israel has the ability to keep enemies like Hezbollah, Hamas and Iran at bay. In addition to being in our national security interest, standing with the leading democracy in the Middle East is the right thing to do.

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The Action Update: Iran, Lebanese Armed Forces and Hezbollah

June 10, 2020

In this week’s Action Update, we stroll through the Shia Crescent, from Iran to Lebanon, to discuss a whirlwind of issues relevant to U.S. national security and Israel. While we supported President Trump’s decision to rip up the Iran nuclear accord, and we back the administration’s maximum pressure campaign against the Islamic Republic, Iran’s nuclear program continues to march forward, American taxpayer dollars continue to flow to the Lebanese Armed Forces unconditionally, and Hezbollah’s terrorist-army continues to threaten Israel. The situation bears further examination.

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The Action Update: Iran Sanctions Waivers

June 4, 2020

This week’s Action Update comes at an unprecedented time for our country. While we are a single issue organization, we are a Christian organization and cannot ignore the suffering and frustrations of our brethren. Christians United for Israel has 8 million members. No doubt, many are in law enforcement and many are exercising their right to protest. Our prayer is that all Americans live the unambiguous admonition that “you love your neighbor as yourself.”

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The Action Update: US-Israel Efforts to Combat COVID-19 and the Security Assistance and Military Capability Acts

May 28, 2020

Things are beginning to slowly return to normal in Washington, and as a result, elected officials and their staffs have had the breathing room to focus on items other than the novel coronavirus pandemic. In this week’s Action Update, we take a brief look at the status of three policy items the Action Fund is supporting.

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The Action Update: Support and Importance for Security Assistance

May 20, 2020

Support for democracy, the rule of law, and equal rights are not Republican or Democratic values. They are core Western principles, and they are among the values that underpin the US-Israel relationship. That is why this special alliance has enjoyed widespread bipartisan support for decades. We at the CUFI Action Fund are committed to maintaining this support for Israel and ensuring that no matter which way the American political pendulum swings, the United States stands with Israel.

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The Action Update: 2019 Saw Another Increase in Anti-Semitism

May 14, 2020

This past week, the Action Fund was focused on confronting two seemingly perennial enemies: the radical regime in Iran and the rising tide of anti-Semitism. The global pandemic, it would appear, has not softened the hearts of those who hate the Jewish people or the Jewish state.

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The Action Update: Confronting two seemingly perennial enemies and Tehran Wants

May 6, 2020

This past week, the Action Fund was focused on confronting two seemingly perennial enemies: the radical regime in Iran and the rising tide of anti-Semitism. The global pandemic, it would appear, has not softened the hearts of those who hate the Jewish people or the Jewish state.

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The Action Update: The Threats are Still There

April 30, 2020

n this week’s Action Update, we’ll be covering a wide range of issues. Despite the worldwide pandemic, from Washington to Baghdad, Israel’s detractors and America’s enemies have not changed their stripes. The threats are still there, and it is vital we address them.

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Op-ed: Don't make the coronavirus an excuse for Iran's bad behavior

April 29, 2020

In recent weeks, former Obama administration officials have been busy echoing Iranian calls for sanctions relief. They should be forcefully rejected by all those concerned with anything but enriching powerful regime leaders, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, and Iran’s terror proxies. Sanctions relief will not help the Iranian people. The architects and champions of the failed Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action know this, and their thinly veiled justification, COVID-19, is just their latest talking point in the effort to restore a policy of appeasement.

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The Action Update: The Need for Combatting Anti-Semitism

April 22, 2020

Yesterday, the world commemorated Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, yet sadly, the evil scourge of anti-Semitism continues to spread across our country and around the world. Nonetheless, the US-Israel relationship is stronger than it has ever been and continues to benefit both nations. In this week’s Action Update we take a look at the need for combatting anti-Semitism and report on joint American-Israeli efforts to combat COVID-19.

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The Action Update: Bigotry, Hypocrisy, and Failures of the BDS Movement

April 15, 2020

Last week, Omar Barghouti, the founder of the anti-Semitic movement to Boycott, Divest from and Sanction (BDS) Israel, informed the world that while he supports a boycott of Israel, if the Jewish state develops a vaccine for the novel coronavirus, it’s ok to use that vaccine. In this week’s Action Update we delve into the bigotry, hypocrisy, and failures of the BDS movement.

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The Action Update: Four Central Facts Ignored by Sanctions Relief Advocates

April 8, 2020

We’ve all heard and seen stories substantiating the belief that the COVID-19 pandemic is bringing out the best and worst in people. The same is true in the context of governments.

This week, a group of American and European diplomats issued a letter calling for the Trump administration to relieve sanctions on the Islamic Republic of Iran. The CUFI Action Fund opposes this move.

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The Action Update: Strong US-Israel Relationship

April 1, 2020

The focus of this week’s CUFI Action Update is going to touch on a different aspect of our work. While the Action Fund does not engage in electioneering, and we see most Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle as generally open to hearing our arguments in support of a strong US-Israel relationship, even when we disagree with an elected official on one issue we can often find common ground elsewhere. In the rarest of circumstances, certain elected officials seem committed to opposing every element of the CUFI agenda. When that happens, we want to be sure that you have the public record available to you.

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Op-ed: Don't throw Iran a lifeline

March 29, 2020

Amid President Trump’s maximum pressure campaign against Tehran, a group of policymakers is seeking to undermine his efforts altogether and instead appease the leading state sponsor of terrorism.

Some politicians, such as Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, continue to assert, wrongly, that it was a mistake to pull out of the Iran agreement. They condemn the Trump administration for killing Qassem Soleimani, and they seek to tie Trump’s hands in his efforts to protect the United States and our allies. Most importantly, they have been categorically wrong about the president’s interest in going to war.

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The Action Update: Lebanon

March 25, 2020

This week, as the Action Fund Team continues our efforts to advance policy through virtual interactions, we saw some positive developments in the US-Israel relationship and even one coming out of Lebanon. Unfortunately, as this crisis brings out the best in our communities and our country, it seems to have brought out the worst in Tehran - despite the Islamic Republic being ravaged by the pandemic spreading across the world.

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The Action Update: Never Again Education Act Update

March 18, 2020

As everyone is well aware, this week’s Action Update comes amidst a significant change in our daily interactions as Americans. Washington is largely physically shutdown, but that does not mean our work ceases. We’re taking full advantage of the 21st century technologies at our disposal to ensure that our message is heard by our elected officials.

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The Action Update: NAEA, Iran and Lebanon

March 11, 2020

Over the past week, a significant amount has transpired on several issues on which the CUFI Action Fund Team focuses. We saw additional support and momentum building behind the Never Again Education Act in the Senate, progress in efforts to further isolate the regime in Iran, and our team members met with senior Washington officials concerning the current situation in Lebanon.

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Op-ed: Shocking ignorance about the Holocaust illustrates the need to pass the Never Again Education Act

March 11, 2020

We began this fight because sadly, Americans know far too little about the Holocaust and the consequences are touching communities across the country. Most states don’t require Holocaust education, leaving students – and sometimes teachers and administrators – painfully unaware of what happened to the Jewish people and other minorities under the Nazi regime. Shocking levels of ignorance have put communities at risk, but Congress is well on its way to fighting back.

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The Action Update: Never Again Education Act

March 4, 2020

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.

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The Action Update: Escalations in Israel

February 26, 2020

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.

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The Action Update: Peace Proposal Implementation Begins

February 19, 2020

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.

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The Action Update: CUFI Leadership Summit

February 13, 2020

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.

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The Action Update: Peace Proposal Update

February 6, 2020

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.

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The Action Update: White House Peace Proposal

January 29, 2020

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.”

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The Action Update: CUFI Action Fund had a strong finish to 2019

January 20, 2020

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.

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Op-ed: After Soleimani, 'maximum pressure' campaign against Iran has entered a critical phase

January 14, 2020

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.

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