NEAR EAST REPORT
AIPAC'S BIWEEKLY ON AMERICAN MIDDLE EAST POLICY
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Barack Obama met at the White House in May. View a slideshow
with highlights from 2009.
Iran is vulnerable to sanctions on refined petroleum imports, such as gasoline.
By an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 412-12, the House passed the Iran Refined Petroleum Sanctions Act, which gives President Obama the authority to tell any company that sells, ships or insures refined petroleum to Iran that it cannot do business in the United States.
Congress has ensured that Israel has the ability to defend itself against increasing threats.
Congress passed the annual foreign aid bill this month for fiscal year 2010, which includes $2.22 billion in security assistance to Israel. When combined with $555 million of aid in a previous bill, the legislation brings the total amount of aid to Israel this fiscal year to $2.775 billion.
George Mitchell, U.S. envoy to the Middle East, praised Netanyahu’s announcement.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last month announced a 10-month West Bank settlement moratorium. The United States praised the unprecedented move, but the Palestinian Authority persists in its refusal to negotiate with Israel until a number of preconditions are met.
Abe Pollin owned the Washington Wizards franchise for 46 years, an NBA record.
AIPAC National Board member Abe Pollin (1923-2009) was a lifelong advocate for a strong U.S.-Israel relationship. He got involved with AIPAC many decades ago and helped the organization grow to be what it is today. He will be deeply missed and always remembered.
AIPAC activists asked their lawmakers to support a number of important bills this year.
Through security assistance to Israel, Iran sanctions bills, letters to the president and more, the House and Senate helped strengthen the U.S.-Israel relationship in 2009. Here are a few of the many important legislative developments from the past year in Congress.
Published biweekly except when Congress is out of session by The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).
Funded in part by the American Israel Education Foundation, the charitable organization affiliated with AIPAC.
Dr. Raphael Danziger
Senior Research Analyst
With 2009 coming to an end, now is a good time to look back at a few of the major events of the past year. While we can’t cover everything important that happened in such a busy 12-month period, there are a handful of moments that cannot be overlooked.