Washington, DC – Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06), Chairman of the National Security Subcommittee, today convened an Advisory Council for Israel and Middle East Security. Its membership of advisors from Florida and around the country will explore ways to repair U.S.’Israel relations and combat security threats facing Israel and the United States.

"With the pending relocation of our embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and the arrival of the Trump administration, we have entered a new era in American-Israeli relations and have a great opportunity to chart a productive course," DeSantis said. "My subcommittee conducts oversight over embassy issues and I have been active in highlighting the dangers of the BDS movement and the threat posed by militant Islam. I have no doubt that we will have a lot on our plate moving forward, and having an esteemed group of advisors willing to share their keen insights on these issues will be a great help to me. I thank them for their willingness to assist my efforts to support our friend and ally Israel."

DeSantis has named Jason Lyons, a former chairman of the United States-Israel Security Alliance and Founder and CEO of the Wall Street Conference, to chair the council.  Lyons is the CEO of Lyons Capital, and has served as a Senior Jewish Liaison for the Republican Party.

The newly named council members include:

Jason Lyons, Boca Raton, FL, Chairman 

Dr. Scot Ackerman, Jacksonville, FL

Richard Brody, Jacksonville, FL

Phil Cohen, Miami, FL

Dr. David Diamond, Orlando, FL

Andy Fiske, Aventura, FL

Stephen Fiske, Aventura, FL

Mark Gerson, New York, NY

Eli Gindi, Brooklyn, FL

Marc Goldman, Boca Raton, FL

Antony Gordon, Los Angeles, CA

Gabriel Groisman, Bal Harbour, FL

Eytan Laor, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Carlyn and Lothar Mayer, Boca Raton, FL

David Robbins, Jacksonville, FL

Phil Rosen, New York, NY

Joey Schottenstein, Columbus, OH

Rabbi Steven Weil, New York, NY

Farley Weiss, Boca Raton, FL 

The Advisory Council for Israel and Middle East Security will help develop policies to help facilitate a more productive American posture in the Middle East, which includes moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Israel–s capital, Jerusalem.