Republicans Overseas Statement on the Israeli-Gaza Conflict

For over a week, the Hamas terrorist organization in control of the Gaza Strip has engaged in an unprovoked, massive missile attack against Israeli civilians located in southern and central Israel, including Israel’s capital, Jerusalem.  Hamas has also sought to create civil unrest between Israel’s Jewish and Arab communities in urban centers where both have lived peacefully together for years.

There is compelling evidence that the missile attacks and the incitement campaign were carried out at the behest of or in coordination with Iran, the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism.  In response, Israel has launched a powerful counterattack to destroy the extensive weapons manufacturing capacity and infrastructure built by Hamas. Hamas funded these tools of terror by diverting billions of dollars in foreign aid away from its own civilian population.

Regrettably, the Israeli counterattack, carried out in the defense of its citizens, has resulted in casualties among Gazan residents, many of whom were being exploited as human shields by Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists. Some Gazans were killed or injured by Hamas missiles which failed to reach their targets in Israel.  Many of the reported casualties in Gaza were actually Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists.

Republicans Overseas strongly supports Israel’s right to defend itself against the cowardly terrorist attacks on its civilian population.  The outbreak of hostilities in the Middle East has occurred during the Biden Administration’s foolish reversal of President Trump’s highly successful Middle East policies which resulted in unprecedented peace between Israel and many of her Arab neighbors (the “Abraham Accords”), while isolating Iran and eviscerating ISIS.

The Biden Administration has also restarted funding Palestinian and UN organizations in the region without requiring any positive change in their relations with Israel, thus sending exactly the wrong message which is in part responsible for the current outbreak of violence.

Even more absurd is the Biden Administration’s incessant effort to court favor with Iran by returning America to the JCPOA and providing millions of dollars to a regime dedicated to destroying Israel and America’s other loyal allies in the region.  The Administration’s about-face has needlessly created an international and humanitarian crisis of enormous proportions.  Like so many of the other crises engendered by President Biden in only four months in office, the Middle East crisis was totally avoidable and unnecessary.

Republicans Overseas calls upon the Biden Administration to reconsider its foolish and dangerous gambit in the Middle East; to abandon its financial and diplomatic support for Iran, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and other terrorist organizations; to return to the proven successful policies of the Trump Administration; and to demonstrate America’s unwavering commitment to prosperity and peace between Israel and her neighbors.

Read the PDF here: Statement on the Israeli-Gaza Conflict May 2021

RO Statement on Biden Inauguration

On January 20, 2021, Former Vice President Joe Biden will be sworn in as the 46th President of the United States of America.

We join President Trump in ‘praying for [the incoming administration’s] success in keeping America safe and prosperous’. We support the peaceful transfer of power that has always been a hallmark of American democracy.

Biden has stated that he wants to unify America and that he will be a President for all citizens. We call on President-Elect Biden to start fostering that unity by:

  • Disavowing all political violence, especially that of Antifa and BLM;
  • Rejecting the calls for ‘deprogramming’ of conservatives and the ‘re-education’ of conservatives’ children;
  • Rejecting legislation that will classify conservatives as ‘domestic terrorists’, thereby treating his fellow law-abiding American citizens as if they were members of Al-Qaeda;
  • Rejecting the leftist practices of blacklisting political opponents and seeking to oust them from jobs and communities; and
  • Refraining from the politicization of our great military by requiring that military members swear an oath of allegiance to him and not to the country and Constitution.

President-Elect Biden must uphold the Constitutional rights of all citizens, including the 75 million Americans who voted for President Trump.

Lastly, we call on the leaders of both parties in the Senate to distance themselves from any attempt to try President Trump on the Article of Impeachment currently sitting in the House. Congress should focus on legislating for the benefit of all Americans at home and abroad.

 

The PDF can be found here

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Republicans Overseas Opposes the Impeachment of President Trump

Statement from Republicans Overseas on the House of Representatives’ Vote to Impeach President Trump (January 14, 2021)

Yesterday’s partisan vote to impeach President Trump increases the political divide that separates Americans and runs counter to President-elect Biden’s commitment to bring Americans together.  All Republicans, including President Trump, have denounced the extremists who occupied the Capitol building. We all mourn the people who died that day.

Democrats, instead of looking to heal the Nation after a heated election, are now conducting a purge.  Freedom of speech is being suppressed in a Chinese fashion.  Innocent Americans who peacefully attended the protest on January 6th in Washington and who did not enter the Capitol building are now being called Nazis and having their livelihoods threatened.

75 million American citizens voted for President Trump.  Republicans Overseas stands with them to defend the Constitution, especially the First Amendment rights of freedom of religion, freedom of speech, a free press, and the right of the people peaceably to assemble. We oppose cancel culture and its impact on all American citizens.  We call on the Democrats to turn down the rhetoric and join us in standing up for the rights of all citizens.

RO Statement on the Impeachment (Jan. 14, 2021)

January 6, 2021 Capitol Riots

Republicans Overseas unequivocally denounces the violence that occurred at the nation’s Capitol on January 6, 2021. We stand with our brave law enforcement officers who protected the Congress, and we lament the deaths of two police officers and four protestors. We support the prosecution of those who broke the law.

Citizens must be allowed their First Amendment right to peacefully protest, but violence is never acceptable and has no place in American politics.

 

Democrat Senate Candidate Warnock Really Did Say That

Democrat Raphael Warnock released a desperate new ad today where he claimed his decades of radical comments were taken out of context.

This got us wondering, what added context would benefit Warnock’s smearing of police officers, defense of anti-Semite Jeremiah Wright, or his attacks on U.S. soldiers?

Let’s review:

  • Warnock called police officers gangsters, thugs, and bullies.
  • Warnock said, “nobody can serve God and the military.”
  • Warnock supports the end of cash bail which would allow rioters and violent criminals get right back on the streets.
  • Warnock defended anti-Semitic pastor Jeremiah Wright and praised Marxism.
  • Warnock’s mentor called for the “destruction of everything white” and argued white Christians are “satanic.”
  • In 2019, Warnock signed a letter comparing Israel to apartheid South Africa.
  • In 1995, Warnock worked at a church which hosted brutal Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, where the head pastor prompted chants of support from the audience.
    • When asked earlier this month about his attendance of an event with Castro, Warnock had no good answers.
  • Warnock has also criticized the Second Amendment during his sermons and condemned Georgia’s “stand your ground” laws.
  • Earlier this year, Warnock was accused by his wife of running over her foot with his car after they got in an argument.
  • In 2002, Warnock was accused of hindering a police investigation into child abuse.

Bottom Line: No amount of shameless puppy visuals will distract Georgians from Raphael Warnock’s extreme record.

For more on Warnock and Jon Ossoff’s extreme views, click here from RNC Research.

Steve Guest
Rapid Response Director
Republican National Committee

Republicans Overseas supports Monte Silver’s GILTI tax case vs. IRS

Marc Zell, RO Legal Counsel and RO Israel Chair is  legal counsel for Monte Silver in his regulatory challenge to IRS regulations issued under the Transition Tax and GILTI tax provisions of the 2017 Tax Cut and Jobs Act. The IRS tried to dismiss the Transition Tax case and failed.

Last month they filed a motion to dismiss the GILTI Tax case. Yesterday we filed our opposition to the Government’s motion to dismiss.

Republicans Overseas is supporting the Silver litigation in favor of small businesses and expats. This is also covered by our proposed Executive Order transmitted recently to Chief of Staff Mark Meadows by Solomon Yue.

Read the motion here.

Marc Zell, RO Legal Counsel, convinces New York to ease voter registration restrictions

Marc Zell, RO Chair Israel and RO Legal Counsel, convinced the New York State Board of Election to register overseas Americans without having to submit both an electronic and hard copy of the voter registration. Due to the issues with global airmail, this was a limiting factor in voter registration.

As a result of a complaint that Marc Zell filed with the NY State Board of Elections, NY has agreed to a compromise which will enable NY voters to register and request their absentee ballots by e-mail without having to send their applications by snail mail (referred to by NY election officials as a “wet copy”) before a ballot is emailed or snail-mailed. Under the compromise, the FPCA can be filed by email and a ballot will be sent. Persons already registered in NY can simply send in their absentee ballots. Persons registering for the first time or whose registrations may have expired, will also receive their absentee ballots but will be required to send in the hard copy of the FPCA along with their ballots. The exact procedure needs to be clarified in order to protect ballot secrecy.

Congratulations to Marc for helping overseas Americans to register to vote!

Marc Zell’s Cease & Desist Letter

NY State Board of Elections Response

Republicans Overseas has asked for an Executive Order to alleviate tax & regulatory burdens

Republicans Overseas has sent a letter to White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, urging him to ask President Trump for Executive Orders that would:

  1. Exempt small businesses from the GILTI and Transition Taxes;
  2. Create a Commission on Overseas Americans to consider remedies for the harms done to Americans abroad via onerous regulations such as FATCA;
  3. End citizenship-based taxation by instructing Treasury to redefine “individual” in Section 1 of the 1913 Tax Code to ‘resident of the USA

We hope that President Trump will consider extending tax and regulatory cuts to overseas Americans.