Richard A. Hellman – President and Founder
The Ronald Reagan Building
1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Suite 700 Washington, DC 20004
Tel (202) 234-3600

MERCL’s Background:
Richard A. Hellman, an international environmental attorney in Washington, D.C., founded the Middle East Research Center, Ltd. (MERCL) in 1985. While living in Israel for seven years, directing a project for the Israel Ministry of Interior, Mr. Hellman observed Israel’s situation first hand. He realized that leaders in Washington. D.C. and citizens at the grassroots, while generally appreciative of Israel, rarely understand Israel’s security situation or its relevance to United States security, much less the disconnect between their views and U. S. diplomatic policy.

For this reason, he returned to America to found MERCL and for over 25 years, he has been actively engaged in educating and mobilizing United States lawmakers and their constituents to endorse sound laws and policies in support of Israel. He has continued to guide MERCL’s development, as president and chairman, since its inception. MERCL is a recognized section 501(c)(3) tax exempt, tax-deductible research and educational think tank established as a not-for-profit organization.
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MERCL’s Dedication:
*Researching the major issues and events affecting Israel and the Jewish People
*Preserving the integrity of the Land of Israel
*Strengthening ties among Israel, American Christians, the American Jewish population, and other nations
*Ensuring the freedom, security, and prosperity of Israel and her people
*Achieving fairness and equity for Israel from nations and international organizations
*Educating U. S. lawmakers and their constituents, Christians, Jews, and others concerning Israel and other Middle East nations and entities, including the peoples, religions, cultures, politics, languages, conflicts and opportunities for cooperation or conciliation among them, using every means of media possible.

MERCL’s Accomplishments:
MERCL helped establish the Christians’ Israel Public Action Campaign (CIPAC), its sister organization, over 20 years ago as a 501 (c)(4) registered lobby, whose efforts include:
*Drafting and promoting measures to transfer the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem
*Passage of the Syria Accountability Act
*Insisting that Congress and the GAO find Yasser Arafat’s and the PLO’s stolen tens of billions of dollars
*Keeping the permanent bars in U.S. law against the PLO by maintaining its terrorist designation
*Passage of H. Con. Res.21 in the last Congress, charging Iran’s president with incitement to genocide against Israel and calling for legal action to bring him to bar.
*An ongoing catalyst throughout the United States to mobilize Americans to action concerning issues related to a strong US-Israel relationship