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The July 9th Symposium: 10 Years and Counting...

July 9, 2014 at 10:00 am
United States Capitol Vistor's Center
Washington, DC

Join us for a Jewish Policy Center co-sponsored event on the delegitimization challenges facing Israel.

For questions relating to this event, please email Ariana at

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The Lost Spring: US Policy in the Middle East and Catastrophes to Avoid

April 8, 2014 at 6:15 pm
Lower Level Conference Room,
Washington, DC

Join the RJC at a Book Signing and Discussion with Dr. Walid Phares

Author of The Lost Spring: US Policy in the Middle East and Catastrophes to Avoid

About our speaker:

Professor Walid Phares serves as an Advisor to the Anti-Terrorism Caucus in the US House of Representatives and is a Co-Secretary General of the Transatlantic Legislative Group on Counter Terrorism, a Euro-American Caucus, since 2009. Dr. Phares briefs and testify to the US Congress, the European Parliament and the United Nations Security Council on matters related to international security and Middle East conflict. He He consults with and lectures to several national security and defense agencies as well as to Counter Terrorism advisory boards in North America and Europe.

He has served on the Advisory Board of the Task Force on Future Terrorism of the Department of Homeland Security in 2006-2007 as well as on the Advisory Task force on Nuclear Terrorism in 2007. Dr. Phares teaches Global Strategies at the National Defense University since 2006. Previously he was a Professor of Middle East Studies and Comparative Politics at Florida Atlantic University 1993-2004. He has published several books in English, Arabic and French including the latest three post 9/11 volumes: Future Jihad: Terrorist Strategies against the West; The War of Ideas: Jihadism against Democracy and The Confrontation: Winning the War against Future Jihad. Dr. Phares is Fox News Channel Middle East and Terrorism Expert. He has served as NBC Terrorism Analyst until 2006. He appears on international and Arab media and is published widely.


Tuesday, April 8

Registration begins at 6:15PM

Program will begin promptly at 6:30PM

50 F Street NW

Lower Level Conference Room

Washington, DC 20001


No charge for current RJC Leaders and Members
$10 for non-Members

Light Kosher refreshments will be served

Books will be available for purchase and signing

RSVP is Required!

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Questions? Email Michael Johnson at or call 202-638-2411

American Decline, the New Anti-Semitism and the Fate of Israel - Philadelphia

November 13, 2013 at 7:00 pm
Temple Beth Hillel – Beth El
Wynnewood, PA

Featuring our distinguished panelists:

John Podhoretz, Daniel Pipes, Cliff May

Moderated By: Michael Medved

Wednesday, November 13

Registration begins at 6:30 PM Program begins promptly at 7:00 PM

Temple Beth Hillel – Beth El

1001 Remington Road | Wynnewood, PA 19096

This important policy forum is FREE to the public but REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED and space is limited.

American Decline, the New Anti-Semitism and the Fate of Israel - Detroit

November 12, 2013 at 7:00 pm
Congregation Shaarey Zedek
Southfield, MI

Featuring our distinguished panelists:

John Podhoretz, Daniel Pipes, Shoshana Byren

Moderated By: Michael Medved

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Registration begins at 6:30 PM Program begins promptly at 7:00 PM

Congregation Shaarey Zedek

27375 Bell Road | Southfield, MI 48034

Richard Heideman discussed his book, "The Hague Odyssey"

October 7, 2013 at 12:00 pm
The Jewish Policy Center
Washington, DC

International human rights lawyer Richard D. Heideman spoke to the Jewish Policy Center on October 7th about his book The Hague Odyssey, Israel's Struggle for Security on the Front Lines of Terrorism and her Battle for Justice at the United Nations. Heideman, a former President of B'nai B'rith and RJC Leader, has been in the forefront of advocacy for Israel and the rights of victims of terrorism in Israel and in the U.S.

Heideman discussed Israel's isolation a the UN resulting from the larger blocs of countries arrayed against it. The Israeli government is often attacked as racist and criminal in the General Assembly and in UN Committees including the Human Rights Council and UNESCO. Even before the construction of Israel's security fence during the second intifada, critics had contended that Israel way racist by its nature. They now contend that the fence is evidence of apartheid. Heideman eloquently argues that the primary obligation of any sovereign government is to protect its population, that Israel's security fence is intended to keep Israelis safe and has, in fact, saved lives.

(Photo: Michael Johnson)

When the UN General Assembly requested that the International Court of Justice produce an advisory opinion about the legality of the security fence, the Government of Israel addressed only the issue of the Court's jurisdiction in the matter. It lost on the procedural point, but Heideman filed a brief on behalf of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies passionately defending Israel's right to self defense. He argued that Israel should be allowed, even obligated, just like any other state, to defend her people. The Court issued an advisory opinion against the fence that, according to Heideman, has been used by Israel's adversaries as if it had the weight of law -- which it does not.

Looking toward the future, Heideman warned that a break in the current negotiations between Palestinians and Israel will again open the floodgate of Palestinian motions to international bodies condemning Israel and acting against it. He also cautioned that even if Israel and the Palestinians achieve an agreement, countries such as Iran will continue to pose an existential threat.

Syria Intervention: Necessary Action or Grave Mistake?

by Matthew RJ Brodsky
August 30, 2013 | CCTV America

JPC Director of Policy Matthew RJ Brodsky and Hillary Mann Leverett, Professor at American University joined CCTV anchor Mike Walter for a heated debate on whether U.S. military action in Syria would be legitimate or a grave mistake. Brodsky and Leverett both believed that it would be a mistake to embrace the current plan being discussed by the Obama administration but agreed on little else. Leverett said that a military strike on Syria would be "a strategic mistake" and "another illegal war" under "false pretenses" conducted with "absolutely no evidence whatsoever" that the regime used chemical weapons. Brodsky believes the evidence that indicates the regime used chemical weapons is very compelling but such a limited strike "could send the wrong message and embolden the regime" without making Assad change his risk calculus. If influencing regime behavior is the goal, the U.S. would need to "make the regime feel it" through whatever military option the administration chooses, in addition to targeting the Assad's military assets. "That would send the appropriate message."

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Palestinian Prisoners, Israeli Settlements, and the Push for Peace

by Matthew RJ Brodsky
August 14, 2013 | CCTV America

JPC Director of Policy Matthew RJ Brodsky joined Elaine Reyes on CCTV America to discuss the latest round of peace talks between the Palestinians and Israelis. Brodsky explains why under American pressure, Netanyahu likely felt compelled to agree to the release of Palestinian prisoners because he could not agree to the two alternative misplaced Palestinian preconditions: 1) a settlement freeze; and 2) an agreement to negotiate borders based on the 1967 boundary. He also explains why Israeli building beyond the 1967 line is not an obstacle to peace. Most Israeli towns villages in the West Bank are located near the 1967 boundary and the vast majority of Israelis reside in areas that constitute a small percentage of the West Bank. Previous peace talks that have focused on territory and borders concentrated on the idea of swapping land at a 1:1 ratio. During the 2008 Annapolis talks between former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert and Mahmoud Abbas, Olmert proposed a 6.3% land swap while Abbas would only agree to 1.9%. Brodsky describes how a 4.73% land swap would take 43 Israeli villages representing 80% percent of Israeli settlers.

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Key Issues as the Palestinian-Israeli Peace Talks Resume

by Matthew RJ Brodsky
July 31, 2013 | CCTV America

JPC Director of Policy, Matthew RJ Brodsky, joins Mike Walter on CCTV America to discuss the key issues as Palestinians and Israelis gather to restart peace talks. He explains that the focus of negotiations should be on borders because they are tangible and the talks are bound to falter when they explore the thornier issues of Jerusalem and refugees. He explains that there is no way around the fact that Hamas rules Gaza and the Palestinian Authority (PA) runs the West Bank. Hamas does not recognize Israel's right to exist. The PA may say that it recognizes Israel's right to exist but it still calls for the return of 5 million Palestinian refugees to Israel, which would mean Israel's destruction through demographics. All the while, Palestinian leaders are calling for a Jew-free Palestinian state. If these represent the two positions of the divided Palestinian constituents, then it is hard to see how peace will be achieved now. As Brodsky notes, "Israel is not going to negotiate over whether it has a right to exist."

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Dateline Defense: Palestinian-Israeli Peace Talks, The EU's Decision on Hezbollah, and U.S. Military Options in Syria

by Matthew RJ Brodsky
July 25, 2013 | ABC News Channel 8 "Capital Insider"

Will the new push by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to have the Palestinians and Israelis talk about peace bear any fruit? Does the European Union's decision to label Hezbollah's military wing a terrorist group go far enough? Does Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey's letter outlining U.S. military options make U.S. involvement in Syria more or less likely? JPC Director of Policy Matthew RJ Brodsky discusses these and other issues on ABC's "Capital Insider" with Morris Jones.

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