Issue Memo

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

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    New Israeli Government Vows to Confront Strategic Threats, Pursue Peace (PDF)

    April 03, 2009

    New Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has formed a broad governing coalition to confront the strategic threats and economic challenges facing Israel. At the same time, the government is committed to pursuing peace talks with the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Arab states. In the months ahead, close coordination between the United States and Israel will be critical to preventing a nuclear-armed Iran and pursuing successful Israeli-Arab peace.

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    Words of Hate: Iran's Escalating Threats (PDF)

    March 16, 2009

    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and other top Iranian leaders are issuing increasingly belligerent statements threatening to destroy Israel and threatening the United States and Europe. Combined with Iran's continued defiance of the international community's demand that it end its uranium enrichment program, these escalating threats further underscore the need to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.

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    The Budget and Foreign Aid (PDF)

    March 16, 2009

    The national and international economic crisis combined with the partisan political environment in Washington will make this year's legislative agenda very challenging. In particular, foreign aid — never a popular subject even in a normal year — will likely be the target of criticism and political grandstanding as members of Congress face difficult tradeoffs and pressures from their constituents.

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    Frequently Asked Questions on the Importance of a Robust Foreign Aid Budget (PDF)

    March 16, 2009

    The annual congressional budget process is now underway. House and Senate Budget Resolutions will set the parameters for how specific spending decisions will be made later in the appropriations process for all government programs, including foreign aid. The more Congress recommends for overall foreign aid early in the year, the easier it will be to secure vital security assistance for Israel later in the process.

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    Arab States Can Do More to Prevent Nuclear Iran (PDF)

    March 13, 2009

    Arab leaders are demonstrating increasing concern about Iran's nuclear program and quest for hegemonic influence in the Middle East. As Iran forges ahead with its nuclear weapons pursuit, Tehran is actively working to destabilize Arab states and undermine Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts. It is clearly in the interest of Arab states to take decisive action to support U.S. and international efforts to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran.

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    Israel Continues Humanitarian Efforts Despite Attacks (PDF)

    March 13, 2009

    Hamas and other terrorist groups in Gaza continue to carry out rocket attacks against Israel and prepare for future violence. Despite Hamas' actions, Israel remains committed to reducing hostilities and facilitating the transfer of humanitarian aid into Gaza. The United States and the international community should work with Israel to prevent Hamas from smuggling arms into Gaza and profiting from international efforts to assist Gazans.

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    Action Needed as Iran Passes Key Nuclear Threshold (PDF)

    March 11, 2009

    Iran has accumulated significantly higher quantities of low-enriched uranium (LEU) than previously reported, according to alarming new information from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Tehran now has enough LEU to produce a nuclear weapon if it further enriched that material to weapons-grade level. Iran has compounded its defiance of U.N. Security Council Resolutions by denying the IAEA access to critical Iranian facilities and accurate information about its nuclear program. The United States and our allies should immediately undergird a diplomatic approach to Iran with more robust economic, diplomatic and political sanctions to persuade Iran to end its illicit activity.