Congress has been a bedrock of support for the U.S.-Israel relationship by supporting aid, helping stop Iran's pursuit of a nuclear weapons capability, supporting Israel's right to defend itself and reinforcing American policy that peace will only be achieved through direct negotiations. Below are the current legislative priorities that will strengthen American and Israeli security and the bonds that unite these two allies.
Now that the P5+1 has inked an initial agreement with Iran, the U.S. must ensure that Iran does not acquire a nuclear weapons capability. Congress should establish clear consequences, by legislating additional sanctions, should Iran violate this agreement or fail to agree to an acceptable final deal.
Lawmakers have introduced legislation that seeks to dramatically strengthen the strategic partnership between the United States and Israel as they work to confront new threats and challenges in the Middle East.
President Obama has requested $3.1 billion in security assistance for Israel as part of his budget for fiscal year 2014. The president has also requested $220.3 million in additional funding for the Iron Dome missile defense system.