Iran—the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism—remains the greatest long-term threat to U.S. and Israeli interests in the Middle East.
Since the 2015 announcement of the Iran nuclear deal—also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)—Tehran has increased its dangerous behavior. America should respond decisively to let Iran know that it will face severe consequences if it does not cease its aggression and comply with its international obligations. Please urge your representative and senators to support bipartisan legislation currently under consideration that would push back on Iran’s non-nuclear behavior in the Middle East.
Counter Iran’s Regional Aggression:
How Has Iran Increased its Malign Behavior in the Region?
Over the past two years, Iran has conducted at least fifteen ballistic missile tests in defiance of U.N. prohibitions; enhanced its support for terrorist groups, including Hamas and Hezbollah; deployed substantial forces to Syria in support of the brutal Assad regime; and increased human rights violations at home.
How Has Iran Sought Increased Regional Dominance?
Iran has doubled the size of its defense spending over the past two years. In 2016, Iran deployed and declared operational the advanced Russian S-300 surface-to-air missile defense system. The regime has also deployed thousands of Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) personnel to fight in the Syrian civil war. The IRGC arms, trains and funds tens of thousands of Syrian forces, Hezbollah terrorists, and Shia militiamen—some of whom operate directly along Israel’s northern border in the Golan Heights.
How Can I Get Involved?
In both chambers of Congress, lawmakers have introduced bipartisan bills to respond to Iran’s malign behavior in the Middle East. The Iran Ballistic Missiles and International Sanctions Enforcement Act (H.R. 1698), authored by House Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) and Ranking Member Eliot Engel (D-NY), aims to strengthen sanctions targeting Iran’s ballistic missile activity and illicit arms transfers.
Similarly, the Countering Iran’s Destabilizing Activities Act of 2017 (S.722), authored by Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) Chairman Bob Corker (R-TN), Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and SFRC Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-MD), bolsters sanctions across an array of activities in response to Iran’s dangerous activities in the region.
Please urge your senators to support the Countering Iran’s Destabilizing Activities Act (S.722). Take Action
Please urge your representative to counter Iran’s regional aggression by supporting the Iran Ballistic Missiles and International Sanctions Act (H.R. 1698).Take Action