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9/3/19 – Capitol Hill Policy Phone Seminar Series

LISTEN: “Iran’s Proxy War on Israel’s Northern Border” featuring Brigadier General Michael Herzog

This past weekend was a particularly hot one for Israel. Yesterday,  September 1st, the Iranian proxy, Hezbollah launched anti-tank missiles across Israel’s northern  border, directly aiming at an IDF base. Thank G-d no-one sustained injuries. However, in a decoy move, Israel staged an evacuation of soldiers with bandages and fake blood to Rambam Hospital.

Israel responded by attacking Lebanese targets and the outlying borders of Lebanese communities along the Syrian-Lebanese border There are no known casualties.

This was the first time since the Lebanese War of 2006 that there has been a significant military exchange between Hezbollah and Israel. It is felt that this skirmish might have been contained for now. However, the situation is extremely tense. And what makes it even more tense is that we all know that this is a shadow war, and the Islamic Regime is actually the puppet-master  pulling the strings of Hezbollah  and other Shiite militia groups, throughout Ira, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen , as they simultaneously  put on a gentle face to the world about the true intentions of their nuclear program.

Brigadier General Michael Herzog


Michael Herzog, a retired brigadier general in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), is the Israel-based Milton Fine International Fellow of The Washington Institute. Over the last decade General Herzog has held senior positions in the office of Israel’s minister of defense under ministers Ehud Barak, Amir Peretz, Shaul Mofaz, and Binyamin Ben-Eliezer. From September 2006 to October 2009, General Herzog served as chief of staff to Israel’s minister of defense. From November 2001 to July 2004, he served as senior military aide (“military secretary”) to the Israeli minister of defense. In that capacity, he acted as the liaison between the defense minister and the IDF, prime minister’s office, intelligence community, and Israeli defense establishment.

General Herzog was a visiting military fellow at The Washington Institute in 2004-2006. His published work at the Institute included the study, Iranian Public Opinion on the Nuclear Program: A Potential Asset for the International Community, and the influential Foreign Affairs article, “Can Hamas Be Tamed?“.

Since 1993, General Herzog has played a key role in the Arab-Israeli peace process, participating in most of Israel’s negotiations with the Palestinians, Jordanians, and Syrians, including the Wye Plantation summit, Camp David summit, the Taba negotiations, and the Annapolis summit and subsequent negotiations. From June 2009 to March 2010, he served as special emissary to Israel’s prime minister and minister of defense in the efforts to relaunch the peace process. The general’s career has included service as head of the Strategic Planning Division (1998-2001), deputy head of the Strategic Planning Division (1995-1998), member of the Intelligence Corps (1974-1994), and infantry soldier (1973 war).

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California’s Board of Education is currently reviewing an Ethnic Studies curriculum which contains anti-Israel and anti-Semitic content. The curriculum supports the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, omits the term anti-Semitism as a type of bigotry, and excludes Jews as an ethnic minority.  The curriculum also invokes age-old stereotypes against Jews, by encouraging teachers to use an anti-Israel poem that insinuates Jews control the world and the media to manipulate the public. The curriculum does not include a single lesson about the Jewish community, and only mentions Jews in passing.

How You Can Help:

California residents can submit public comments, with their objections to the curriculum, through August 15th.  Please Download the Public Input Template, available here, fill it out using Microsoft Word, and email it to ethnicstudies@cde.ca.gov by August 15th.

Your feedback matters! After the public comment period closes, the Instructional Quality Commission will fully review the model curriculum and all public comments, and recommend revisions at their September 2019 meeting. 

Act now and submit your public comment to help stop anti-Semitism from entering California’s public schools. 
(To learn more about the proposed, anti-Semitic curriculum,
see this story from JNS.org)

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At EMET’s 2019 Rays of Light Dinner on June 12th, Senator Lindsey Graham announced that he aims to have a new US-Israel Defense Treaty voted on by the Senate next year.  Sen. Graham stated that the treaty would show the Islamist regime of Iran that “an existential threat against Israel is an existential threat against the United States.”  The Treaty would add Israel to the list of NATO allies which have mutual defense commitments with Israel, and its supporters suggest it would help solidify Israel and America’s relationship.

While at first blush the Treaty seems beneficial, it has within some inherent pitfalls, and would likely create more problems for the State of Israel. Please join us for a conference call with Professor Efraim Inbar on the proposed US-Israel Defense Treaty, and the number of reasons why the Treaty would, in fact, not be beneficial for the US-Israel relationship.

Listen to the recording here:

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13th Anniversary
Rays of Light in the Darkness  Dinner

Washington, D.C.
June 12th, 2019
Sarah Stern’s Opening Remarks
Founder & President of EMET
David Green
Chairman of EMET’s Board of Directors
Rep. Lee Zeldin
Speaker of Truth Honoree
Sen. Ted Deutch
Speaker of Truth Honoree
Lauri Regan
NY Chapter President, EMET
Sen. Lindsey Graham
Speaker of Truth Honoree
Stuart and Robbi Force
Speaker of Truth Honorees
Professor Jason Hill
Dr. Salman Zarka
Speaker of Truth Honoree
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