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Engel event to open Desert Caucus’ fifth decade of bipartisan support for Israel

Rep. Eliot Engel

The Desert Caucus launches its fifth decade of supporting a strong U.S.-Israel relationship with seven events in Tucson, featuring members of Congress from outside Arizona, planned for 2018-19. The opening fall brunch will feature Rep. Eliot Engel of New York.

Founded under the leadership of Tucson businessman Jack Sarver in 1978, The Desert Caucus is one of the oldest bipartisan pro-Israel political action committees in the United States. The PAC focuses on a single issue, the U.S.-Israel relationship, by supporting congressional candidates outside of Arizona. Members pay dues and can attend the fall, winter, and spring events. 

Engel will share his insights and updates on issues key to the U.S.-Israel relationship on Sunday, Oct. 14.   

First elected in 1988, Engel is the ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and has been a stalwart supporter of Israel over the past 30 years. He was an early advocate of U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, has sponsored a resolution condemning Hamas rocket attacks, and strongly supported U.S. assistance to Israel for the expansion of the Iron Dome and other missile defense systems. Engel is a founding member of the Congressional Israel Allies Caucus.

For more information on the brunch and membership, contact The Desert Caucus at 299-2410 or, or visit