We’re not going to make a habit of it, but this week we’ll once again only be covering two topics in The Update. Why? Because sometimes events are so impactful that they demand fixation over attention, and sometimes events are so head turning as to leave the observer with whiplash.
This week saw two events so highly significant to Israel’s security and the future of the US-Israel relationship that we’re deviating from our usual approach of addressing three topics and diving a bit more deeply into these two items. So, without further ado, let’s get into it.
This past week showed that sometimes events in the Middle East seem to go out of their way to prove the adage that there’s nothing new under the sun. We saw an uptick in Palestinian terrorism because Israel deigned to capture Palestinian terrorists who’d escaped from prison. We saw the Biden administration double down on a consistently failed policy in Lebanon, and we saw Iran, yet again, avoid any consequences for their malicious activities.
The dramatic failure on display in Afghanistan has America’s allies and adversaries asking whether the United States can be trusted in the future and if our enemies will ever fear us again. The blame for this current tragedy extends beyond one administration, yet the final failure rests with the one that saw the implications, ignored the warnings and nonetheless chose to haphazardly proceed.
All of the events taking place on the world’s stage that we plan to discuss this week impact each other, and in order to appreciate them one must take a holistic view of national security and foreign policy. As such, in this week’s Action Update we’ll go around the world, from Jerusalem to Washington and from Kabul to Tehran.
Tragedy has befallen Afghanistan. As Pastor John Hagee, the founder and Chairman of Christians United for Israel (CUFI) recently noted, “While there may be no easy answers to Afghanistan’s history of troubles, there could have been an organized and professional effort to ensure that every American and every person who aided our efforts there these past twenty years, was able to exit the country. To our utter shame, that is not the case.”
In this week’s Action Update we discuss the implications of the Taliban’s rapid takeover of Afghanistan just weeks shy of the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
In this week’s Action Update we devote some time to a topic we’ve not discussed in a while: Lebanon. And we also return to our on again/off again effort to end on some good news. But no matter the subject, the topics this week are of significant importance to anyone who values the US-Israel relationship – regardless of how much (or how little) you might see these issues covered in the mainstream press.
In this week’s Action Update, we’re going to focus all our attention on Iran. Tehran is the leading state sponsor of terror. The regime is pursuing a nuclear weapon. But their people have long been disgusted with their leaders, and a war criminal now occupies the President’s chair in the Islamic Republic.
It’s not often that one edition of a weekly newsletter provides a perspective on ice cream, nuclear weapons, and Arab-Israeli relations, but in this week’s Action Update, we plan on doing exactly that. So please, sit back, relax, crack open a pint of Haagen-Dazs or Blue Bell, and read all about these items below.
On Sunday and Monday, the annual CUFI Summit was held in Dallas. Due to covid-related restrictions, the event was by-invitation only, and limited to 700 participants. Despite these limitations, CUFI’s impact will not be diminished. As some of you may recall, last year’s Summit had to be held entirely online. Engagement with elected officials had to be done via digital methods as well. Nonetheless, CUFI members delivered more than 300,000 emails to lawmakers in the weeks after the Summit in support of CUFI’s 2020 legislative agenda, and all three items on that agenda advanced through Congress and were signed by the President.
We look forward to the same this year. The 2021 CUFI legislative agenda again includes three items, which are the focus of this week’s Action Update.