Jewish Federations Applaud Senate Bill Elevating Israel as “Major Strategic Partner”

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September 19, 2014
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Jewish Federations Applaud Senate Bill Elevating Israel as “Major Strategic Partner”

Washington, D.C. – After months of delays, the U.S. Senate approved legislation aimed at strengthening the already unbreakable bond between Israel and the United States, including declaring the Jewish state a “major strategic partner.” The Jewish Federations of North America praised the Senate for their unanimous approval of the United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2014 (S.2673), stating that the bill takes tremendous steps to cement one of the U.S.’s strongest relationships.

William Daroff, senior vice president for public policy and director of the Washington office for Jewish Federations, stated,

“We are delighted that the Senate has come together to pass this important legislation building upon the remarkable relationship between Israel and the United States. In declaring Israel a ‘major strategic partner,’ the Senate has made perfectly clear that the Jewish state is and will remain one of our strongest allies in the world. We particularly thank Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Roy Blunt (R-MO) for their leadership in making this bill a reality. Alongside this week’s House resolution condemning anti-Semitism throughout the globe, it is heartening to know that at times of need, the Jewish community will always be able to count on our Congressional leaders for support.”

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The Jewish Federations, collectively among the top 10 charities on the continent, protects and enhances the well-being of Jews worldwide through the values of tikkun olam (repairing the world), tzedakah (charity and social justice) and Torah (Jewish learning).

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