Issue Memo

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

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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.

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    Livni, Netanyahu Contend for Leadership (PDF)

    February 12, 2009

    In a demonstration of Israel's vibrant democracy, Israeli citizens went to the polls this week to vote in elections for the 120-seat Knesset, or parliament. Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni's Kadima Party garnered 28 seats while former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud Party won 27 seats. Despite Kadima's plurality, parties with a rightward tilt will make up a majority of the new Knesset. President Shimon Peres is expected to ask either Livni or Netanyahu to try to form a government that would be able to gain the support of 61 members of Knesset. Both Livni and Netanyahu have said they are committed to continuing negotiations with the Palestinians and working to strengthen the U.S.-Israel relationship.

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    Pillars of the U.S.-Israel Relationship (PDF)

    February 11, 2009

    Israel and the United States have shared a special bond since the establishment of the modern Jewish state in 1948. The U.S. was the first country to recognize Israel, only 11 minutes after its founding. Since then, the two countries have developed a resilient friendship that transcends any element of partisanship either in Washington or Jerusalem. As the two countries experience their own respective leadership transitions, the pillars established during the past 60 years will continue to remain strong.

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    FAQ: Gaza and the Israel-Hamas Conflict (PDF)

    February 09, 2009

    After Hamas ended a six-month Egyptian-mediated calm by firing more than 400 rockets and mortars at Israeli population centers during the last week of December, Israel decided to engage in a major offensive against Hamas to significantly impair its capabilities and restore deterrence. Although both Israel and Hamas each announced unilateral cease-fires in January, Hamas and other terrorist groups in Gaza continue to carry out attacks against Israeli civilian targets and prepare for future violence. Despite the violence and threats, Israel remains committed to ending hostilities and facilitating the transfer of humanitarian aid into Gaza.

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    Iran Forges Ahead With Nuclear Weapons Pursuit (PDF)

    February 06, 2009

    Iran is maintaining a rapid pace in its progress toward a nuclear weapons capability. Tehran may have already enriched a sufficient quantity of uranium to produce a nuclear weapon if it further enriched that material to weapons-grade level. It also is advancing the technology needed for ballistic missiles as evidenced by its first satellite launch using an indigenous rocket launcher. The United States should undergird a diplomatic approach to Iran with more robust economic, diplomatic and political sanctions to persuade Iran to turn away from its dangerous course.

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    Gaza Terrorists Continue Attacks, Call for More Violence (PDF)

    February 06, 2009

    Hamas and other terrorist groups in Gaza continue to carry out attacks against Israel and prepare for future violence. Despite the violence and threats, 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—which reserves the right to defend its citizens from continuing attacks—to prevent Hamas from smuggling arms into Gaza and threatening Israeli civilians.