Issue Memo

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

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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.

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    America Must Implement Tough Iran Sanctions Now (PDF)

    October 13, 2010

    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has called for a world without the United States and Israel. Congress' passage of the most comprehensive and toughest Iran sanctions legislation to date will — if implemented promptly and aggressively — dramatically increase the pressure on the Iranian regime to halt its illicit pursuit of nuclear weapons.

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    Hizballah: Amassing Arms in Unstable Lebanon (PDF)

    October 13, 2010

    Hizballah is a terrorist organization — supported by Iran and Syria — with global reach that poses a direct threat to Israel and to American interests at home and abroad. Hizballah has killed more Americans than any terrorist group other than al-Qaeda and has exploited Israel's full withdrawal from Lebanon to bring about a bloody war in 2006. Today, the U.S.-designated terrorist group has amassed more than 42,000 rockets aimed at Israel.

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    Is Syria Ready for Peace? (PDF)

    October 13, 2010

    Syrian President Bashar Assad must take serious steps to demonstrate he is interested in peace with Israel.For decades, Syria has been a force for instability in the region. Damascus' continued support for terrorism, cooperation with Iran, ongoing interference in Lebanon and support for insurgents in Iraq have harmed American interests and cost the lives of numerous U.S. military personnel. As Syria works to end its international isolation, Damascus must take concrete steps to demonstrate its readiness for peace and stability in the Middle East.

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    U.S.-Israel Energy Cooperation: A Renewable Resource (PDF)

    October 13, 2010

    In an era of booming populations, shrinking resources, environmental degradation and over-reliance on fossil fuel for energy, Israel is a world leader in critical fields such as solar power generation and seawater desalination. Israel's cutting-edge technologies promise to improve energy efficiency as well as reduce oil dependence, while making industry more efficient and minimizing the environmental impact of human activities. As the United States focuses on energy security issues, Congress and the administration have sought to expand cooperation with Israel to harness the Jewish state's expertise.