EVENT Protect Our Heritage honoring Congressman Pete Roskam

Please Join Protect Our Heritage PAC for a
Reception honoring
Congressman Peter Roskam
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
5:30 – 7:00 PM
Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano
20560 N. Rand Road, Deer Park, IL

Congressman Roskam has been a life-long supporter of the strong bond between the US and Israel. Since his election to Congress in 2006, he has been a tireless advocate for Israel, defending its sovereignty, protecting its reputation as our only democracy in the Middle Fast, and fighting anti-Semitism on college campuses and around the world.

For questions or to RSVP, please contact Ashley Heacock ashley@roskamforcongress.com

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The Syria Strike: “Whatever the threats and criticisms that will surely follow, the world will be safer for it”

The Importance of Striking Syria’s Scientific Studies and Research Center
by Claudia Rosett
April 14, 2018

With air strikes on Syria’s chemical weapons facilities, carried out jointly with Britain and France, America has done the right thing. Leading from in front, President Trump is finally redrawing the red line that President Obama erased in 2013…The vital message is that America is no longer the hamstrung giant of the Obama era. Tyrants such as Syria’s Bashar al-Assad, and his patrons in Moscow and Tehran, have been served notice that it would be unwise to continue to assume that America will waffle, appease or simply retreat while they take upon themselves the shaping — to monstrous effect — of the 21st-century world order. READ MORE

TABLET MAGAZINE You’ll Never Guess Who’s Heading the UN’s Conference on Disarmament

CHICAGO TRIBUNE Warship ruse and new stealth missiles: How the Syria attack unfolded

WORLD AFFAIRS JOURNAL Michael Totten: The Case for Bombing Assad

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“Thwarted drone attack in February was first direct Iranian targeting of Israel; drone was sent from T-4 base in Syria, where 7 Iranians were killed in alleged devastating Israeli airstrike this week”

Iranian drone shot down in northern Israel in February was armed with explosives
by Alexander Fulbright
April 13, 2018

Israel revealed on Friday that an Iranian drone shot down in Israeli airspace in February after launching from an airbase in Syria was carrying explosives. The base was attacked on Monday, allegedly by Israel, in a strike that reportedly targeted Iran’s entire attack drone weapons system — prompting soaring tensions between Israel and Iran. The Iranian drone shot down in February was carrying enough explosives to cause damage, military sources said. Its precise intended target in Israel was not known, they said. READ MORE

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South Carolina bill will “help break down the barriers in the fight against anti-Semitism by providing educators and administrators with a clear and uniform definition to recognize anti-Jewish bigotry”

South Carolina becomes first state to pass landmark bill to confront campus anti-Semitism
April 13, 2018

South Carolina became the first state to pass legislation to protect students from anti-Semitic acts. The State Senate overwhelmingly approved the legislation, H3643, in a 37-4 vote on Thursday as part of a larger spending package…The definition included in the bill is similar to the one used by the U.S. State Department and the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s Working Definition of Antisemitism that has been adopted by 31 countries. That definition states: “Anti-Semitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.” READ MORE

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J Street’s 10th Anniversary dinner will feature “a keynote address from Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and a conversation with former Mideast Envoy George Mitchell” [VIDEO]

Prominent Public Figures Join Honorary Host Committee for J Street’s Tenth Anniversary Gala
April 11, 2018

Ahead of the event, J Street released a list of 99 public figures who have agreed to serve on the honorary host committee for the evening, including former Secretaries of State Madeleine Albright, James Baker and John Kerry; former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, former National Security Advisor Susan Rice, former Vice President Walter Mondale, former Under Secretary of Defense Michèle Flournoy, former Hillary Clinton aide Jake Sullivan; former Obama Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes, former Obama aide Rob Malley, former Reagan aide Marshall Breger, Ambassador Daniel Kurtzer, former Middle East peace negotiator Aaron David Miller, former Massachusetts governor and 1988 presidential candidate Michael Dukakis, former Congressman Barney Frank, former Senators Ted Kaufman and Gary Hart; CAP’s Neera Tanden, HBO’s Richard Plepler, and billionaire philanthropist Eli Broad. It is unclear how many names on the list actually plan to attend.  READ MORE

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“Classified report will bust myth that millions of Palestinians need UNRWA, sources say”

Congress Demands State Department Release ‘Game Changer’ Report on Myth of Palestinian Refugees
by Adam Kredo
April 11, 2018

Congress is pressuring the State Department to release a long classified report on Palestinian refugees that insiders say could change the calculus on how the United States approaches the situation and allocates millions in taxpayer funds to a key United Nations agency, according to sources and a congressional letter obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. Dozens of members of Congress have already signed on to an effort to force the release of this State Department publication, which sources say was originally classified by the Obama administration in order to keep the findings secret from the American public and lawmakers. READ MORE

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Reimposed Iran sanctions “may also represent the greatest opportunity to regain leverage over the regime on issues like human rights abuses, ballistic missiles, terrorism, and regional expansionism” [VIDEO]

Iran’s currency is in free fall — time for the US to exploit it
by Richard Goldberg and Saeed Ghasseminejad
April 11, 2018

The Iranian rial plummeted this weekend to a record low of 58,880 to the dollar.  Usually, economic surprises are what drive a currency aggressively downward. But not this time. Rather, it was in large part a response to the news that President Trump selected John Bolton as his national security advisor. Since last month’s announcement, the rial has lost 20 percent of its value, almost 15 percent of it in just the recent days. This week, as Bolton assumes his new role, the Iranian market fears the U.S. will pivot to more aggressive policies aimed at curbing Iran’s regional expansionism. READ MORE

FDD‘s Mark Dubowitz on what happens if the U.S. walks away from the JCPOA

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