The Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET) and the National Council of Young Israel (NCYI) announced today that they have reached an agreement, whereby EMET will serve, at the NCYI’s request, as the organization’s representative on Capitol Hill in matters of foreign policy.
EMET was pleased to accept this proposed coalition because of the strong symmetry in foreign policy views shared by the two organizations. EMET’s policy focus will remain, as always, preserving and defending the national security of the United States, and its ally Israel, in the joint struggle against the forces of radical Islam and emphasizing Israel’s unique role as the eastern outpost of Western democratic values. EMET currently does this with the backing of over 25,000 Americans throughout the United States.
NCYI President Farley Weiss said of the agreement, “NCYI is very excited to have EMET represent NCYI on it matters of foreign policy concerns. I personally have admired for many years the tremendous job Sarah Stern and EMET has done and accomplished on Capitol Hill and their sterling reputation. We are confident that partnering with EMET will be a win-win situation for both parties and will give the National Council of Young Israel a much stronger voice on issues of concern to our members. We look forward to a great relationship with EMET.”
EMET will continue its efforts to educate lawmakers on a wide variety of challenges facing the United States and Israel in the Middle East, including:
· The necessity of American support for a united and indivisible Jerusalem as the recognized capital of Israel, including the movement of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem as required by U.S. law.
· The need to condition, and if necessary terminate, military and financial assistance to Islamist regimes in Egypt, Pakistan, and elsewhere following the upheaval and revolutions of the “Arab Spring.”
· The importance of bringing to justice Palestinian terrorists who have American blood on their hands, including those, like Sbarro pizzeria bomber Ahlam Tamimi, who were released in the Gilad Shalit hostage deal.
· The danger posed by an increasing belligerent Iran, utilizing its terror proxies to maim and murder Americans and Israelis at home and abroad, and continuing, despite sanctions, to pursue nuclear weapons to fulfill its ultimate goal of destroying the Jewish state.
· The recognition that it is Palestinian incitement to hatred and murder which is the largest impediment to Arab-Israeli peace, and the importance of moving away from a failed “land for peace” paradigm.
· The importance of fostering and supporting truly democratic, secular leadership in the Muslim world as an alternative to authoritarian or Islamist rule.
· The need for American leadership in seeking the release of unjustly imprisoned Jews around the world, such as Allan Gross, currently held by Cuba following his efforts to help Cuban Jews communicate with their co-religionists worldwide, and to seek release for the unjustly sentenced Jonathan Pollard.
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