The Emergency Committee for Israel seeks to provide citizens with the facts they need to be sure that their public officials are supporting a strong US-Israel relationship. The Committee’s mission is to educate the public about the serious challenges to Israel’s security and about what elected officials in this country are doing and should do in order to meet those challenges.
In 2010, Israel faces an increasing threat from terrorism supported by hostile regimes that refuse to accept the Jewish State. Iran continues its pursuit of a nuclear weapon and its support of terrorist groups. Syria continues to arm Hezbollah terrorists in Lebanon with ever more modern weapons. And Hamas, with Iranian support, continues to hold hostage the people of Gaza, refusing to renounce violence or recognize Israel’s right to exist.
Despite these threats, Israel has made unprecedented concessions in the name of peace, unilaterally withdrawing from territory, supporting Palestinian aspirations for an independent state, and offering to engage without precondition in talks with the Palestinian Authority.
Still, the current administration in Washington seems determined to extract ever more concessions from Israel, and to respond to each setback in the peace process by placing more pressure on the Israeli government. This policy of making one-sided demands on Israel has failed to produce progress and has only emboldened Israel’s enemies.
At the same time, the American people overwhelmingly favor a policy of strong support for the Israeli people and their democratically elected government.
We know that, when provided with the facts, the American public will support those public officials dedicated to maintaining a strong US-Israel relationship and committed to keeping Israel safe and secure. The Emergency Committee for Israel will engage in the public debate about U.S. policy toward Israel, and will keep the public informed about the votes, statements, and records of their elected leaders so as to help hold them accountable to the pro-Israel voters they represent.