Israel enjoys widespread bipartisan support both in Congress and across the country. And in recent days, we’ve seen two high-level delegations of American lawmakers travel to the Jewish state. But there’s a problem on both sides of the aisle that all the trips and all the speeches in the world won’t solve. So, let’s dive in.
This week, Israel will mark the 75th anniversary of the modern Jewish state’s independence. However, in the 24 preceding hours, the Israeli people will first commemorate Israel’s Memorial Day. The tradition is quite straightforward: it is incumbent upon a society to remember those who fought and died to ensure their freedom prior to celebrating that freedom.
On Monday evening, the worldwide Jewish community began solemnly commemorating Yom HaShoah, the Holocaust Memorial Day. In Israel, sirens wailed throughout the land, and everyone, no matter what they were doing, simply stopped to stand in solemn quiet prayer and reflection.
As Congress enters its second week of the annual Easter/Passover recess, we are heavily focused – and rightfully so – on the uptick in terror within Israel. In this week’s Action Update, we’ll discuss the multi-front offensive that Iran and its terrorist proxies are waging against Israel, the current status of the Iranian protest movement, and the latest from Turkey.
There are a lot of moving parts in the Middle East, and in this week’s edition of the Action Update, we focus on three storylines that, while ostensibly independent of one another, ultimately are all interconnected: Ramadan, Syria’s Middle East charm offensive, and U.S.-Israel cooperation.
We recognize that our readers have no doubt been following events inside Israel over the past weeks and we, too, are watching these events with concern. However, as you know, we take no position on internal Israeli politics. As such, in this week’s Action Update we will focus on a number of issues related to Iran.
In this week’s edition of the CUFI Action Update, we look at the rising concerns about Palestinian terrorism emanating from Judea and Samaria, and the impact American policy is having on the future prospects for peace in the region. Spoiler alert: things are not going well.
Pardon our bluntness, but the effort to contend with Iran’s malevolence is not going particularly well. In order for Tehran’s behavior to be addressed, Washington must take a comprehensive approach to the Iranian threat. Unfortunately, while the Biden Administration has made some steps in the right direction, their overall foreign policy betrays a weakness to which our allies and adversaries are reacting. We’ll start with the good news, but don’t get your hopes up.
In recent days, the Biden administration’s top defense policy official told Congress that it would take the Islamic Republic “about 12 days” to produce enough fissile material for a single nuclear bomb. This doesn’t mean they’ll have a bomb next week – there are other technological advancements that are required in order to put a nuke on the tip of a missile – but needless to say, this news is not good. In today’s Action Update, we delve into three storylines that inform this new and frightening information.
In case you missed it, this past Saturday, February 25th, was declared a “day of hate” by white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups. In this week’s Action Update, we analyze the hatred espoused by these bigots as well as the violent antisemitism perpetrated by Palestinian terrorists.