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Northwest Regional Director Rabbi Andrew Straus

Political home for pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans who want Israel to be secure, democratic and the national home of the Jewish people. Working in American politics and the Jewish community, advocates policies that advance shared U.S. and Israeli interests as well as Jewish and democratic values, leading to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Supports the people and State of Israel, their right to defend themselves and to live in peace and enduring security. Views Israel as the national homeland of the Jewish people, living in peace and security alongside the state of Palestine as the national homeland of the Palestinian people. Believes ending the occupation and achieving two states is essential to Israeli and American national interests and security as well as to Jewish and democratic values.

Being pro-Israel means speaking out for policies that promote Israel’s interests and align with the organization’s values and against those that don’t, irrespective of the present government’s policies. As supporters of Israel, the organization supports not only the right but the obligation to speak out when the policies or actions of the American or Israeli governments damage those interests or run counter to our values.