Issue Memo

AIPAC's analysis of current issues, policy and legislation.

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    Abbas Undermines Peace Efforts (PDF)

    October 02, 2014

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ slanderous address to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on September 26 represented a direct affront to those seeking peace in the region. In contrast, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu laid out a positive agenda for peace in his address on September 29, while rejecting Abbas’ claims against the Jewish state. The United States should continue to urge President Abbas not to take counterproductive, unilateral steps in international fora, while continuing America’s long-standing support for Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

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    U.S. Must Continue to Insist on Dismantlement (PDF)

    September 24, 2014

    The United States must insist that any final nuclear agreement with Iran include the dismantlement of centrifuges such that Tehran is left without a uranium path to a nuclear weapon. Alternative “creative” approaches – such as allowing Iran to disconnect the links between centrifuges – would provide inadequate insurance against an Iranian breakout. Congress must firmly demand that any agreement ensure Iran cannot achieve a nuclear weapons capability.

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    Ensuring a Lasting Cease-fire (PDF)

    September 09, 2014

    Israel and Hamas accepted an open-ended cease-fire on August 26. However, Hamas continues to threaten Israel’s destruction and retains a significant arsenal ready for use. A durable and sustainable end to hostilities will require a security regime that prevents Hamas from growing its weapons stockpile or diverting reconstruction materials to rebuild its terrorist infrastructure. For the sake of both Israelis and Palestinians, the international community must press toward the ultimate demilitarization of Gaza.

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    Iran Obscures Military Dimensions of Nuclear Program (PDF)

    September 09, 2014

    The International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) newly-released quarterly report on Iran’s nuclear program revealed that Tehran has again ignored an agreed deadline to explain its past nuclear weapons efforts. The P5+1 cannot reach a credible nuclear agreement with Iran unless Tehran fully explains the “possible military dimensions (PMDs)” of its program. This information is essential to ensure that Tehran is left without a path to a nuclear bomb.

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    Iran Obscures Military Dimensions of Nuclear Program

    September 09, 2014

    The International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) newly-released quarterly report on Iran’s nuclear program revealed that Tehran has again ignored an agreed deadline to explain its past nuclear weapons efforts. The P5+1 cannot reach a credible nuclear agreement with Iran unless Tehran fully explains the “possible military dimensions (PMDs)” of its program. This information is essential to ensure that Tehran is left without a path to a nuclear bomb.

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    Protecting vs. Exploiting Civilians (PDF)

    August 25, 2014

    Operation Protective Edge has dramatically altered life for both Israeli and Palestinian civilians. While Hamas' incessant rocket attacks endanger more than six million Israelis, the terror group indiscriminately violates the rights of Gaza's civilian population. Israel, however, works to protect its citizens from terror and provide critical humanitarian aid to Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

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    Gazan Terrorists Again Choose Violence (PDF)

    August 20, 2014

    On August 18, Israel and Hamas agreed to extend a five-day cease-fire proposed by Egypt for an additional 24 hours. During that time, Israeli and Palestinian delegations continued to negotiate an end to the violence of the past six weeks. Halfway through the truce, terrorists in Gaza launched multiple rockets at Israel, breaching the agreement. Since July 8, Gazan terrorists have rebuffed or violated ten previous cease-fires — preferring violence that puts both Israeli and Palestinian civilians at risk.

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    What is Hezbollah (PDF)

    August 15, 2014

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    For the Sake of Peace, Hamas Must Be Disarmed (PDF)

    August 13, 2014

    Hamas has established a terrorist entity in Gaza that greatly harms both Israelis and Palestinians. It carries out incessant rocket attacks against Israeli communities, uses Palestinian civilians as human shields, and imposes a repressive rule on the Palestinians in Gaza. As Israelis and Palestinians continue talks to achieve a durable cease-fire, they should make disarming Hamas a high priority — both to improve the lives of ordinary Palestinians and to ensure the security of Israel’s civilian population.

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    Congress Voices Robust Support for Israel's Right to Self-Defense (PDF)

    August 04, 2014

    Congress has exhibited extraordinary leadership by strongly supporting Israel’s battle against Hamas’ terrorism and condemning Hamas’ indiscriminate rocket attacks. In addition to resolutions and statements by individual members, Congress on Friday approved $225 million in funding for the Iron Dome missile defense system, which has saved countless Israeli lives by intercepting Hamas rockets.

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    Hamas Terror Tunnels (PDF)

    July 31, 2014

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    Hamas Violates Cease-Fire (PDF)

    July 31, 2014

    Yesterday afternoon, Israel agreed to a 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire negotiated by the Unites States and the United Nations. This morning, Hamas blatantly violated that agreement, launching an attack in Rafah that resulted in the death of two Israeli soldiers and the likely kidnapping of a third. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest called the attack "a rather barbaric violation of the cease-fire agreement." Hamas’ actions mark the seventh cease-fire the group has violated since the start of Israel’s operation to root out Gaza’s terrorist infrastructure.

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    Durable Gaza Cease-Fire Must End Tunnel Threat (PDF)

    July 30, 2014

    Israel is continuing its military operation in Gaza to eliminate Hamas’ massive tunnel network. The purpose of these tunnels is to launch attacks in Israel, kidnap Israelis, and stockpile arms. Since taking control of Gaza in 2007, Hamas has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in tunneling instead of using the funds to improve the lives of Gaza’s residents. Israel must be free to complete the destruction of Hamas’ tunnel network. America should support Israel’s defensive actions and work with Israel to ensure a durable cease-fire that disarms Hamas.

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    What is Hamas (PDF)

    July 30, 2014

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    Hamas Aggression Forces Israel to Defend Itself (PDF)

    July 08, 2014

    After enduring more than 400 rocket attacks from Gaza in the past three weeks, Israel has launched Operation Protective Edge to protect its citizens. Hamas is intent on killing, maiming, and terrorizing innocent Israeli civilians wherever they live or work. Today Hamas rockets ranged as far north as Tel Aviv and its suburbs, putting most of Israel’s population at risk. The United States must continue to stand with Israel as it takes steps to protect its citizens.