On Friday, March 22, 2019, Dr. June sat down with Mr. Hellman at his Washington DC office. Hear his life story and how God brought him to the intersection of Israel and the United States. Let’s hear what he thinks about all the turmoil in Israel and the President’s announcement today that Israel has the Golan Heights. We learned so much about Israel! I’m going with him to Israel in August! It will be my first time! #amazing
Christians’ Israel Public Action Campaign (CIPAC) is a U.S.-based 501(c) (4) not-for-profit organization that depends upon contributions from individuals who are committed to a safe, democratic Middle East, as represented by a strong, secure and prosperous Israel. CIPAC was founded in 1989 by Richard A. Hellman, a Washington based international lawyer, to educate and mobilize U.S. officials and their constituents to adopt laws and policies favorable to Israel and the United States. CIPAC is the only registered lobby that demands full congressional consideration of potentially dangerous proposals involving U.S. commitments in the Middle East. It addresses the need to further encourage a strong US-Israel relationship based on mutually shared values. As Congress and the White House help to form the future positions of America and Israel in the world, they must look at the future of the U.S.-Israel relationship in a serious, with due regard to the strong input coming from such well-informed citizens as CIPAC’s members.
CIPAC Is Dedicated To:
- Inform Washington, the nation, and the international world about issues affecting Israel and the U.S.
- Present a valuable and unique perspective to Washington lawmakers by demonstrating that U.S. support for Israel is a top national security priority for the United States.
- Petition Congress to oppose the two-state solution that flowed from UN Resolutions 242 and 338, as this will result in a Palestinian terrorist state, as proven when Hamas was freely elected to represent the Palestinian people in Gaza, and continues to threaten Israel
- Oppose a nuclear Iran, whose leaders threaten genocide against Israel.
- Urge Congress to recognize Israel’s right to defend itself just as we have a right to defend our U.S. citizens.
- Petition Congress to stop funding the Palestinian Authority, Hamas, Hezbollah, or any other terrorist organization or country affiliated with any terrorist organization.
- Oppose the dividing of Jerusalem as proposed in “peace” plans.
- Call for the re-thinking of U.S. Middle East policy to one which serves our principles and values.
CIPAC’s Accomplishments Have Included the Following
- Drafted and promoted measures to transfer the U. S. Embassy to Jerusalem.
- Passed the Syria Accountability Act.
- Insisted that Congress and the GAO find Yasser Arafat’s and the PLO’s stolen tens of billions of dollars.
- Maintained the bans in U.S. law against the funding of the PLO
- Passed H. Con. Res. 21 in the last Congress, charging Iran’s president with incitement to genocide against Israel and calling for legal action.
Richard Hellman is an experienced Washington lawyer who graduated from Canisius College, Buffalo, New York, and Georgetown Law School, Washington, D.C. He is a distinguished veteran of the Vietnam War, having received the Bronze Star as a captain in Army counterintelligence. He also served his country as a member of the U. S. Government’s first Management Intern Program for the Federal Aviation Agency, where he was a senior Management Analyst. As the first Legislative Counsel of the Environmental Protection Agency, he created the Legislative Counsel’s Office under William D. Ruckelshaus, EPA’s first administrator. Appointed Minority Counsel of the Senate Public Works and Environment Committee by Sen. Howard H. Baker of Tennessee, he wrote much of America’s environmental legislation. While he was serving in that position, the State of Israel invited him to come to Jerusalem to write environmental laws for Israel and as models for the surrounding countries. Upon completion of this project, he was named by Israel to be the Chief Environmental Advisor on the District Planning and Building Commission for the rebuilding and restoration of Jerusalem. After seven years in Israel, Richard Hellman returned to Washington, D.C. to establish first, the Middle East Research Center, Limited (MERCL), and then, in 1989, the Christians’ Israel Public Action Campaign (CIPAC), the only Christian lobby registered with the U. S. Congress on behalf of biblical Israel.
Watch Richard Explaining CIPAC:
Current Advocacy Efforts
CIPAC seeks to advance a better solution than giving territory to terrorists as a means of solving the Mid-East Arab – Israeli Conflict. We call upon Congress to re-evaluate past U.N. resolutions and other documents that require an exchange of land for peace or would create a Palestinian state. This is critical in light of the continuous terrorist attacks on Israel and the lack of anything that can be called real peace after Israel already has relinquished more than 90% of the land they regained in 1967.
We ask Congress to re-evaluate the Palestinian leadership that has not acted against terror or shown any willingness to unite and build a true democracy based on tolerance and liberty, or even a viable economy, despite vast amounts of U. S. and other foreign aid. Congress should recognize that the Palestinian Authority has not produced a Constitution advocating real peace and acceptance of the Jewish State.
In line with recognition of Israel as the sole sovereign nation West of the Jordan, CIPAC advocates an end to foreign aid for the PLO and other terrorist entities, placement of the U. S. Embassy in Israel’s capital, Jerusalem, closure of the UNRWA Palestinian Arab refugee camps, and full rights for Israel in the United Nations.
Through CIPAC’s lobbying efforts, policymakers receive the message that U. S. support for Israel is a Christian privilege and responsibility, as well as being in America’s best interest. The Bible clearly states that God still has wonderful plans and purposes for Israel and the Jewish People. CIPAC welcomes your participation with us as we watch these purposes being fulfilled