By Paul Miller, Originally published in The New York Observer
When news surfaced in the spring of 2015 that philanthropist and casino magnate Sheldon Adelson was launching a new program to combat anti-Semitism on college campuses, it caught the attention of Israel’s supporters and detractors alike. When he brought in David Brog to head the project, the world realized Adelson meant business. Brog is a board director with Christians United for Israel (CUFI), and the project is called Maccabee Task Force (MTF).
But as quickly as MTF appeared on the scene, some would say they disappeared just as fast.
Last month I met with Brog in our nation’s capital, eager to hear what MTF was doing.
“We were purposely stealth this past year,” Brog explained. “We focused on six campuses in California where BDS activity and campus anti-Semitism were running rampant. The goal was to figure out how we can make a difference—one that actually moves the dial on the ground rather than just make headlines. It was also very important to us not to compete with anyone already doing good work on campus or duplicate their efforts.”
During the hour-long conversation, Brog repeatedly stressed the importance of results and his personal accountability to Adelson and his vision.