The following is a transcript of remarks by Mark Dubowitz, executive director of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, following a speech he delivered at the Community Relations Council of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s 2014-2015 Israel Today Forum on December 3, 2014.
“I’m Mark Dubowitz and I’m the Executive Director of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, which is a Washington, DC-based think-tank.
As citizens, you can make a real difference and you can make a difference now. You can make a difference on the Iran issue. You can work to actually stop Iran from developing a nuclear weapon and you can do it by calling your senator and calling your member of Congress, and telling them that you want them just to force the Iranians to finally take this issue seriously and move to nuclear compromise, and do so in a peaceful way and actually once and for all, stop Iran from developing the nuclear weapons capability it needs to cause a severe national security threat and potentially a catastrophe. Call your member of Congress. Light up their switchboard. Do it now. Do it early. Do it often because the other side is actually doing it, too.
This is my first time in Tidewater, my first time in Virginia Beach, and it’s been wonderful. This is a wonderful Jewish community, incredibly warm people, and down to earth people. It’s so wonderful to get out of Washington and come to a community that cares deeply about the United States, is incredibly patriotic, and cares deeply about the State of Israel. It is now going to be on my annual calendar to come down to Tidewater and meet concerned people, real people, well-informed people who are really working hard to promote the US-Israel relationship and defend democracies from the threat of radical Islam.”
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