Rashida Tlaib, congresswoman from Michigan’s most Democratic district, has created a firestorm from the very first day in office when she disgustingly vowed to “impeach the [expletive],” referring to the president. She obviously has her sights set to take over the Democratic Party and one day sit in Nancy Pelosi’s chair. Her daily diatribes and remarks only get worse. No one in Congress has ever used such language publicly in an open forum against a sitting president. On the day she was elected to Congress she draped herself in a PLO flag and declared, “My passion for justice is rooted in beautiful Palestine.” No one to my knowledge has ever been elected to Congress and draped themselves in any flag other than an American flag. She later had the gall to accuse American Jews of dual loyalty. She has a map of the Middle East with a sticky covering Israel with the word Palestine written on it. When Marco Rubio and Jim Risch tried to sponsor a bill opposing BDS, she made her infamous dual loyalty claim, saying they “forgot what country they represent.” The ADL issued a statement, “Though the legislation discussed is sponsored by four non-Jewish senators, any charge of dual loyalty has special sensitivity and resonance for Jews, particularly in an environment of rising anti-Semitism.” Rashida Tlaib has been linked to individuals who have supported PLO terrorists attacking Israelis and individuals who have openly called for Israel’s destruction with the not-so-veiled threat “From the River to the Sea, #Palestine will be free,” and individuals with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.

National Security Adviser John Bolton was wont to point out that the BDS movement was just a continuation of the United Nations resolution equating “Zionism with racism.” One of John Bolton’s greatest achievements was striking down that despicable and blatantly anti-Semitic canard that had lasted 19 years before Bolton came to town. We are still waiting for the day that the BDS movement is finally laid to rest. I know Bolton and the president are doing everything they can to make that happen. Unfortunately, there are universities and colleges like Swarthmore that keep propping it up. In March, the Swarthmore College student leaders voted to support the BDS movement. A pro-BDS dean was almost chosen at Dartmouth.

For the past ten years, I have brought the present-day National Security Adviser John Bolton to the Israel Day Concert in Central Park for the express purpose of warning the world of the dangers of a nuclear Iran. Ambassador Bolton will tell you that he has been warning America and the world about Iran’s nuclear ambitions for a lot longer – more than 20 years. He has spent the latter half of his life devoted to getting rid of Iran’s nuclear capabilities. Yes, he believes regime change would be best, but everything is on the table.

It is an honor and a privilege to write about great individuals, especially those who’ve tremendously impacted my own life and politics. Joe Mermelstein was one such individual. It is not a coincidence that his third yahrtzeit takes place on the very same day that his friend, his colleague, and his prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, is up for re-election on April 9. Joe, if he were still alive, would be the first to pay for 747s to fly Israeli citizens living in America to Israel to make sure to vote in the election (of course, he would not tell them who to vote for, but they would know). He was a man of action. He was not a talker. He was a doer. He made me president of American Friends of Ateret Cohanim, and for that I am forever grateful. His life spanned most of the 20th century and was devoted to the Jewish people, his family, and his business. His story is truly an impressive history lesson.