Issue Memo

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

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    The Upcoming Israeli Elections (PDF)

    December 08, 2014

    The Knesset, Israel’s parliament, voted on Dec. 8 to dissolve itself, thus triggering an early election process. The coalition government decided to head to elections because the parties were unable to come to an agreement on numerous economic and political issues. Israel’s government is based on a democratic, parliamentary system in which a coalition with a majority of the Knesset seats — 61 out of 120 — is needed to form a government. The election — now moved up to Mar. 17, 2015 — reflects Israel’s Western, democratic values and traditions.

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    Increase the Pressure to Give Negotiations a Chance (PDF)

    November 26, 2014

    After more than a year of intensive diplomacy and limited sanctions relief, the time has come to
    strengthen sanctions on Iran. Despite significant concessions by the P5+1 – which would have
    allowed Iran to maintain most of its nuclear infrastructure – Tehran still refuses to take the
    steps needed to reach a good deal. Increased pressure offers the best chance to persuade
    Tehran to abandon its quest for a nuclear weapons capability. The Obama Administration
    should toughen sanctions enforcement, and Congress should quickly take up new bipartisan
    sanctions legislation.

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    Palestinian Incitement Spurs Terrorist Attacks (PDF)

    November 18, 2014

    Palestinian terrorists today murdered four Israelis as they prayed at a Jerusalem synagogue and a responding police officer. The attack followed months in which Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas and other Palestinian leaders used vitriolic language to inflame tensions, especially over the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. The Palestinian leadership must cease these provocations and work to de-escalate current tensions.

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    Iran Sustains Anti-Western Ethos (PDF)

    November 07, 2014

    This week marks the 35th anniversary of the U.S. embassy takeover in Tehran and the subsequent hostage crisis. Thousands of Iranians gathered at the former embassy site to commemorate the event with chants of “death to America” and “death to Israel.” To this day, Iran’s clerical leadership seeks to enforce and spread the fiery, anti-Western ideology of the Islamic Revolution through a concerted campaign of domestic repression and global terrorism, all the while pursuing a nuclear weapons capability. Iran’s escalating efforts to destabilize the Middle East demonstrate why Iran must never be allowed to attain a nuclear bomb.

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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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    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.