Issue Memo

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

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    Israeli Innovations Save American Lives on the Battlefield (PDF)

    December 07, 2010

    Every day, Israeli military innovations are helping to save the lives of American troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. Because the United States has a deep strategic relationship with Israel, the U.S. military is able to learn from the Israel Defense Forces’ vast combat experience. This publication, part of the AIPAC series "America's Partner: Israel," presents some of the life-saving Israeli military advances that the United States uses today.

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    An Unparalleled Military Alliance (PDF)

    December 06, 2010

    Strategy. Safety. Security. Those are the principles that define the defense partnership between the United States and Israel. Whether it’s phone calls between senior defense officials at the Pentagon and their counterparts in Tel Aviv, instant communication between American and Israeli commanders on duty, or joint training exercises between troops from both countries—not a day goes by without critical American-Israeli engagement.

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    America's Military Leaders Say Israel Matters (PDF)

    December 06, 2010

    America’s military leaders understand the importance of a strong U.S.-Israel relationship. The military alliance between the two nations provides the United States with invaluable intelligence, training opportunities and technological advancements. This document contains examples of what U.S. military leaders have said about Israel’s value to America, and is part of the AIPAC series "America's Partner: Israel."

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    An Unparalleled Military Alliance (PDF)

    December 06, 2010

    Those are the principles that define the defense partnership between the United States and Israel. Whether it’s phone calls between senior defense officials at the Pentagon and their counterparts in Tel Aviv, instant communication between American and Israeli commanders on duty, or joint training exercises between troops from both countries—not a day goes by without critical American-Israeli engagement. This document is part of the AIPAC series "America's Partner: Israel."

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    America's Partner - Israel: Homeland Security Cooperation - 4 pages (PDF)

    December 06, 2010

    America's Partner - Israel: Homeland Security Cooperation - 4 pages

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    Aid to Israel, Foreign Aid Funding Vital for U.S. National Security (PDF)

    November 12, 2010

    President Obama's budget request for fiscal year 2011 includes $3 billion in vital security assistance to Israel, which both the House and Senate Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittees have included in their respective versions of the foreign aid bill. Israel's aid is part of the president's overall request from Congress for $58.5 billion in international affairs spending. At little more than one percent of total federal spending, these programs are an essential, cost-effective tool for promoting American interests abroad and supporting important allies such as Israel.

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    Congress Should Examine Impact of Saudi Arms Sale (PDF)

    November 12, 2010

    The Obama administration's proposal to sell $60 billion in arms to Saudi Arabia represents the largest arms sale in U.S. history. A letter signed by 198 House members and spearheaded by House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Howard Berman (D-CA) and Ranking Member Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) raises serious questions about this historic sale and U.S. relations with Saudi Arabia. Do we and the Saudis have a common approach to the Iranian threat? How will Israel's qualitative military edge be preserved? Why has Saudi Arabia not taken a more constructive role toward peacemaking between Israelis and the Palestinians? With additional billion-dollar sales expected to soon follow this deal, Congress must closely examine the implications of this immense arms transfer and ensure that it serves America's national security interests and those of our allies.

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    Aid to Israel, Foreign Aid Funding Vital for U.S. National Security (PDF)

    November 12, 2010

    President Obama's budget request for fiscal year 2011 includes $3 billion in vital security assistance to Israel, which both the House and Senate Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittees have included in their respective versions of the foreign aid bill. Israel's aid is part of the president's overall request from Congress for $58.5 billion in international affairs spending. At little more than one percent of total federal spending, these programs are an essential, cost-effective tool for promoting American interests abroad and supporting important allies such as Israel.

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    Aid to Israel, Foreign Aid Funding Vital for U.S. National Security (PDF)

    November 12, 2010

    President Obama's budget request for fiscal year 2011 includes $3 billion in vital security assistance to Israel, which both the House and Senate Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittees have included in their respective versions of the foreign aid bill. Israel's aid is part of the president's overall request from Congress for $58.5 billion in international affairs spending. At little more than one percent of total federal spending, these programs are an essential, cost-effective tool for promoting American interests abroad and supporting important allies such as Israel.

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    More Pressure Needed on Iran as Sanctions Begin to Bite (PDF)

    November 10, 2010

    Recently stepped-up sanctions are shaking Iran's economy and exposing fissures within its ruling elite. Nonetheless, Tehran is advancing its nuclear program in defiance of the international community. More tough, biting and sustained pressure offers the best prospect to persuade Iran to halt uranium enrichment. As the United States and other members of the international community seek to renew talks with Tehran this month, they should back diplomatic efforts with intensified sanctions.

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    Continued U.S. Support for Direct Talks Key to Peace (PDF)

    November 10, 2010

    The only way to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is through direct negotiations. As Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in an Oct. 20 speech, "There is no substitute for face-to-face discussion." While Israel remains committed to direct talks without preconditions, top Palestinian officials have threatened to seek U.N. backing for a unilateral declaration of Palestinian statehood. The United States must continue its long-standing opposition to such harmful unilateral moves while working with the parties to resume productive direct negotiations.

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    Israel: An Unparalleled Military Alliance (PDF)

    November 09, 2010

    Strategy. Safety. Security. Those are the principles that define the defense partnership between the United States and Israel. Whether it's phone calls between senior defense officials at the Pentagon and their counterparts in Tel Aviv, instant communication between American and Israeli commanders on duty, or joint training exercises between troops from both countries—not a day goes by without critical American-Israeli engagement. This document is part of the AIPAC series "America's Partner: Israel."

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    U.S.-Israel Homeland Security Cooperation (PDF)

    November 09, 2010

    For more than six decades, the reality of life in Israel has forced Israelis to defend themselves against constant terrorist threats. As a result, the Jewish state has become a leader in designing techniques and technologies in the arenas of homeland security and counter-terrorism. Israel is working with U.S. government and private entities to develop technologies and equipment aimed at thwarting terrorism and safeguarding citizens from both nations. This document is part of the AIPAC series "America's Partner: Israel."

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    U.S.-Israel Homeland Security Cooperation (PDF)

    November 09, 2010

    For more than six decades, the reality of life in Israel has forced Israelis to defend themselves against constant terrorist threats. As a result, the Jewish state has become a leader in designing techniques and technologies in the arenas of homeland security and counter-terrorism. Israel is working with U.S. government and private entities to develop technologies and equipment aimed at thwarting terrorism and safeguarding citizens from both nations. This publication is part of the AIPAC series "America's Partner: Israel."

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    The Iranian Nuclear Threat (PDF)

    October 13, 2010

    The Islamic Republic of Iran's nearly twenty-year secret nuclear program was exposed by an exile group in 2002, and subsequently confirmed by inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Seven years and four United Nations Security Council Resolutions later, the United States continues to lead the international effort to halt Tehran's uranium enrichment program and other activities that could lead to a nuclear weapon.