Issue Memo

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

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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.

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    Kidnappings Highlight Terror Threat to Israel (PDF)

    June 20, 2014

    The June 12 kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers by Hamas personnel highlights the continued terrorist threats facing the Jewish state. While Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has condemned the attack, he should use this opportunity to reverse his recent policies. President Abbas should turn away from the terrorist Hamas and return to peace talks with Israel. The United States should continue to stand with Israel and its right to defend itself.

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    Palestinian Unity Government a Setback for Peace (PDF)

    June 05, 2014

    The formation of a Palestinian Authority unity government backed by Hamas is a disturbing setback for peace. Rather than pursue a peace agreement with his willing Israeli partner, PA President Mahmoud Abbas chose to align with an Islamist terrorist organization that seeks Israel’s destruction and continues to perpetrate terror attacks against Israel. Congress should suspend aid to the PA while it conducts a thorough review of continued U.S. assistance to ensure that U.S. law, which prohibits funds to a Palestinian government in which Hamas participates or has undue influence, is completely followed and implemented.

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    Hamas' Charter of Hate (PDF)

    May 19, 2014

    The Hamas charter, published in 1988, details the guiding principles of the group, which has been designated a terrorist organization by the United States and the European Union. Laced with anti-Semitism and racism, the charter calls for the destruction of the state of Israel through jihad, or holy war.

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    Hamas Escalates Incendiary Rhetoric against Israel (PDF)

    May 09, 2014

    Since reaching a unity accord with Fatah on April 23, Hamas has vigorously reaffirmed its commitment to Israel’s destruction. In the past month, the Islamist terrorist group has issued vicious anti-Semitic statements against Jews and the Jewish state. Unfortunately, it shows no sign of willingness to accept the Quartet principles that require any Palestinian government to recognize Israel, renounce violence and accept previous Israeli-Palestinian agreements.

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    The Danger of a Short Iranian Breakout Time (PDF)

    May 05, 2014

    Perhaps the most contentious issue of the P5+1 negotiations with Iran is the fate of Tehran’s uranium enrichment program. Any final agreement must require the dismantlement of Iran’s centrifuge capacity such that it does not have a uranium path to a nuclear weapon.