In a resounding show of support for a strong U.S.-Israel relationship, thousands of AIPAC activists from all 50 states will ascend Capitol Hill today to conduct lobbying meetings with all 100 senators and every House member. This year marks the first time in AIPAC Policy Conference history that AIPAC members have scheduled meetings with every lawmaker in Congress.
At the top of their agenda is preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapons capability. In the Senate, members have introduced a resolution (S. Res. 65) declaring that the United States will stand by Israel should it feel compelled to take military action in its own defense against Iran. In the House, members have introduced the Nuclear Iran Prevention Act (H.R. 850), which authorizes the president to impose sanctions on any entity that maintains significant commercial ties to Iran.
AIPAC members will urge their House and Senate members to support both measures in order to send a strong message to that the United States will act to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. While in their Capitol Hill meetings, AIPAC activists will also ask their representatives to strengthen U.S.-Israel strategic cooperation by officially designating Israel as a "major strategic partner." Such a designation will help the two nations maximize the benefits of their alliance.
Finally, AIPAC activists will urge their lawmakers to support the full $3.1 billion in security assistance to Israel that the U.S. committed to for fiscal years 2013 and 2014, as well as the $211 million in additional funding for the Iron Dome.