From the website of Congressman Ted Deutch
Congressman Ted Deutch is a passionate supporter of Israel whose advocacy for a strong U.S.-Israel relationship stretches back to his youth. Ted spent his summers at Zionist summer camp, worked as a student activist in high school and college, and served in leadership roles on several local and national Jewish organizations throughout his professional career. Today, Ted serves as Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s influential Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, where he continues to champion Israel’s security during a time of great volatility in the Middle East.
Ted first gained national recognition as a leader in the pro-Israel community as a member of the Florida State Senate, where he passed the nation’s first law mandating that public pension funds not be invested in Iran’s illicit quest for nuclear weapons. His work led him to testify before Congress on Iran sanctions, hold strategy discussions with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and eventually, pass his own legislation in the House of Representatives to crack down on companies that financially support Iran’s nuclear weapons program.
Ted was traveling on a fact-finding mission in the Middle East in the summer of 2014 when three Israeli innocent teens, Gilad Shaar, Naftali Frankel and Eyal Yifrac, were murdered by Hamas terrorists. After mourning the victims, Ted condemned their killings as well as the murder of a Palestinian teen in the days thereafter. When Hamas then launched a campaign of rocket attacks against Israel, Ted played a leading role in condemning the use of innocent Palestinian civilians as human shields in an effort to incite international criticism of Israel’s defense operations. In July, Ted passed a bipartisan resolution through Congress condemning the use of human shields by Hamas and other terrorist groups that violate international law.
Most recently, Ted passed legislation enhancing U.S.-Israel cooperation in new areas like energy, agriculture, and cybersecurity. The U.S.-Israel Strategic Partnership Act, co-introduced with Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee Chairman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama in December 2014. Ted will continue to work across the aisle in the 114th Congress to advance Israel’s security and promote a strong U.S.-Israel relationship. Fighting efforts to delegitimize Israel on the world stage, working to dismantle Iran’s illicit nuclear weapons program, and promoting security in the Middle East will remain among his top priorities.