This week, as we commemorate the horrors of 9/11, it is incumbent upon every American to not just mourn that tragedy but also to learn from it. We have all committed to never forgetting the lives lost that day, the bravery of the first responders who answered the call when the World Trade Center and the Pentagon were attacked, and the astounding heroism displayed by those ordinary Americans on United Flight 93 who sacrificed their lives to prevent the terrorists hitting their third target: the U.S. Capitol.
We hope you had a wonderful Labor Day weekend, and while many of us were enjoying time with friends and family, over the past few days there have been a number of developments that merit discussion. So, without any further delay, let’s dive in.
During the first Republican Presidential debate, there was a brief flash of strenuous disagreement between longtime pro-Israel leader Amb. Nikki Haley and Vivek Ramaswamy, a businessman who recently called for ending all U.S. aid to Israel. To her credit, Amb. Haley was the only candidate on the debate stage who called Ramaswamy out on his anti-Israel position, going so far as to rightly articulate “Israel doesn’t need America, America needs Israel.”
Last week, CUFI was proud to welcome Vice President Mike Pence, Ambassador Nikki Haley, and Governor Ron DeSantis, among many others, to speak before the capacity crowd of over 1,200 pro-Israel Zionists. In this week’s edition of the Action Update, we’ll go over the three pieces of legislation that make up the 2023 CUFI Washington Summit legislative agenda.
On Sunday, the CUFI Washington Summit kicks off. Over the next few days, more than 1,000 pro-Israel activists from across the country will hear from top leaders, including former Vice President Mike Pence, former Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. Summit attendees will also hear from several Members of Congress and Middle East experts. But until then, we wanted to share a number of policy items that caught our eye and may very well directly impact our Washington efforts next week.
Nearly 250 years ago this week, the founding fathers of our great nation declared independence from a monarch living an ocean away. As we all know, what followed was the tragic sacrifice of thousands of Americans on the altar of freedom.