On Sunday, January 6, NORPAC-LI was honored to host an event with Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY) at the home of Helene and Robert Rothenberg. Following a historic inauguration of a new wave of Congressional representatives, some espousing extremist views, it was refreshing to hear from soft spoken, intellectual, experienced, peacemaking Congressman Eliot Engel.
As the current ranking Democrat, Congressman Engel was recently named chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee during the 2019-20 session of Congress. He has been one of the leading advocates of the U.S.-Israel relationship for almost three decades.
Engel often co-introduces pro-Israel legislation keeping these issues bipartisan. He coauthored the overwhelmingly-supported H.R.1698—Iran Ballistic Missiles and International Sanctions Enforcement Act—along with Committee Chairman Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), imposing non-nuclear sanctions on Tehran’s belligerent ballistic missile development program. Last year, Reps. Royce and Engel, along with 367 other House Members, sent a bipartisan letter to Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian Authority, urging him to condemn violence against Israelis and end incitement to violence within the Palestinian Authority. In 2015, Congressman Engel took a brave stance to oppose the Iran Deal (JCPOA) in the face of great pressure to vote otherwise.
Freshman Congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, and Ilhan Omar have gained media attention for their strong anti-Israel views. It is reassuring to have Congressman Engel who has experience and standing, is a strong friend of Israel, and can enlighten the new members of his party.
At Sunday’s event Congressman Engel spoke of the important connections forged through NORPAC and the impact that it has on elections and voting patterns. NORPAC can proudly state that 13 out of 16 of the candidates supported in the 2018 election won. A longtime friend of NORPAC and Israel, Congressman Engel remarked on the strong impression made by NORPAC’s Mission to Washington, whom he was proud to meet with for 16 years straight.
To learn more about the 2019 Mission to Washington, visit http://norpac.net/mission-to-washington.