Issue Memo

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

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    Flotilla Sought Provocation, Not to Provide Assistance (PDF)

    June 01, 2010

    The primary aim of the Gaza flotilla was not to provide humanitarian relief; it was to cause a provocation with Israel. Its top organizers and some of its participants are radicals with ties to terrorist groups that sought a violent confrontation. In contrast, the Israeli navy had worked hard to plan a peaceful interception of the six ships and its personnel only used force when their lives were at risk. Israel has legitimate self-defense reasons to inspect the cargo going into the Hamas-controlled area, where the U.S.-designated terrorist group has smuggled in thousands of munitions and rockets for use in attacks against Israeli civilians.

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    Iran Enrichment Deal: Stalling Tactic to Derail Sanctions (PDF)

    May 18, 2010

    Iran is embarking on a new effort to scuttle sanctions through acceptance of a new Turkish-Brazilian "compromise" proposal. Under this proposal, Iran would ship only half of its low enriched uranium (LEU) out of the country for further enrichment while continuing to violate numerous U.N. Security Council resolutions. The international community cannot afford to be taken in by this Iranian ruse and should move rapidly to step up pressure on Tehran.

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    Time for U.N., American Action as Iran Continues to Stall (PDF)

    May 12, 2010

    Iran is seeking to delay U.N. Security Council sanctions deliberations by rehashing old proposals and offering more talks. Eighteen months ago, the Security Council demanded that Iran suspend its nuclear activity, while four months have passed since Tehran rejected the proposal to enrich its uranium for medical purposes outside the country. The international community must reject Iran's stalling and rapidly impose crippling sanctions while time remains to prevent Tehran from acquiring a nuclear weapons capability.

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    Proximity Talks Mark Positive Step, but Direct Negotiations Essential for Peace (PDF)

    May 12, 2010

    Israeli-Palestinian proximity talks mediated by the United States are a welcome first step back to the negotiating table. America and Israel understand that to reach a genuine and lasting peace these indirect talks should lead rapidly and unconditionally to direct, bilateral negotiations. Unfortunately, Palestinian leaders continue to insist on unrealistic preconditions, while Israel has taken a series of steps to foster serious and direct negotiations.

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    Press Syria Now to End Destructive Policies (PDF)

    May 12, 2010

    As America seeks to engage Syria, Damascus has deepened its links with terrorists and stonewalled international efforts to investigate its illicit nuclear program. Syria is supplying Hizballah with increasingly sophisticated weaponry, including advanced missiles. With Syrian actions dramatically increasing the chances for an outbreak of violence in the near future, the United States should complement its dialogue effort with stepped-up sanctions to persuade Damascus to abandon its destructive path.

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    Administration Reaffirms Value of U.S.-Israel Alliance (PDF)

    May 10, 2010

    President Obama, top members of his administration and senior military leaders have highlighted the importance of the U.S.-Israel relationship and reaffirmed that a strong and secure Israel advances U.S. national security interests. They have renewed their firm commitment to Israel's security and clearly explained that the United States cannot and does not seek to impose a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.

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    Israel's 60-Year Quest for Peace (PDF)

    May 05, 2010

    Even before Israel was established, the leaders of the Jewish community in then-British Mandate Palestine sought peace with their Arab neighbors. The State of Israel has remained committed to that goal throughout its history, repeatedly demonstrating its desire to live side-by-side with neighboring states and peoples. Israel's willingness to trade land for peace has led to peace treaties with Egypt and Jordan. Likewise, Israel proved its willingness to make bold, painful concessions in order to secure agreements that it hoped would end the conflict with the Palestinians. The current Israeli government continues on this path.

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    Boost in U.S. Aid to Israel Vital Amid Increasing Threats (PDF)

    May 05, 2010

    U.S. security assistance to Israel in the annual foreign aid bill is the most tangible manifestation of American support for Israel's qualitative military edge. U.S. assistance helps counter the great disparity in defense spending between Israel and potential aggressors.

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    Close U.S.-Israel Ties Key to Forging Middle East Peace (PDF)

    April 12, 2010

    The United States and Israel have built a deep, sturdy alliance based on common values and shared interests. American leaders have long recognized that deterring war, promoting stability and achieving peace can best be realized when the United States stands strongly with Israel. As Vice President Joseph Biden said during his recent visit to Israel, "Progress occurs in the Middle East when everyone knows there is simply no space between the United States and Israel." Leaders of both countries must do their utmost to strengthen the special U.S.-Israel relationship despite the frequent ups and downs of peace negotiations.

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    Summary of the 2010 Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) (PDF)

    April 12, 2010

    The Nuclear Posture Review is a comprehensive assessment of U.S. nuclear policy and strategy conducted by the U.S. since the Cold War. The NPR is also a "roadmap" for successfully implementing President Obama's vision to rid the world of nuclear weapons. The NPR places significant importance on the prevention of nuclear terrorism and proliferation around the world. This is the third NPR since the end of the Cold War with previous reviews being done in 1994 and 2001.

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    Background on the Nuclear Security Summit (PDF)

    April 12, 2010

    The Nuclear Security Summit is scheduled to take place on April 12-13 at the Washington Convention Center. President Obama has invited more than 40 nations to participate. The expectation is for the countries to issue a communiqué that pledges to bolster efforts to secure nuclear materials worldwide. The president is using this summit as another vehicle to highlight his call to rid the world of nuclear weapons. As he laid out in his Prague speech last year, nuclear terrorism is the most immediate and extreme threat to global security. The president spoke of the importance of mobilizing an "international effort to secure all vulnerable nuclear material around the around the world within four years." He hopes to bolster international cooperation in this endeavor, as well as work to disrupt the illicit trade of nuclear materials.

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    Nuclear-Armed Iran Would Kill Non-Proliferation Efforts (PDF)

    April 09, 2010

    "Stop Iran's nuclear weapons program now." This is the central message that leaders gathering at the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington must send as they meet to discuss steps aimed at stopping nuclear proliferation. A nuclear-armed Iran would perhaps irreversibly undermine the global non-proliferation regime and spur a nuclear arms race in the Middle East. Because of Iran's advanced nuclear program, the United States and its allies should impose crippling sanctions on Iran now, while there is still time for them to work. Such sanctions provide the best prospect at this time to persuade Tehran to suspend its nuclear pursuit.

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    Congressional Sanctions Effort Squeezing Iran (PDF)

    April 09, 2010

    Bills passed by the House and Senate designed to limit refined petroleum supplies to Iran are already having a significant impact — even before final approval by Congress and the president. Iran is experiencing increasing difficulties in finding companies willing to provide refined petroleum, banks to finance the deliveries and insurance companies to cover the risk of these transactions.

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    Frequently Asked Questions on the Importance of Preventing a Nuclear-Armed Iran (PDF)

    March 31, 2010

    Rather than suspend its enrichment of uranium as required by multiple U.N. Security Council resolutions, Iran continues aggressively to expand its nuclear capabilities. A comprehensive and rapid American-led campaign of crippling sanctions — including final passage in Congress of important sanctions legislation — holds the best prospect of persuading Iran's leadership to abandon its nuclear weapons quest. Below are some frequently asked questions concerning the Iranian threat and the role sanctions can play in preventing a nuclear-armed Iran.

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    Vital Support: The Importance of U.S. Security Aid to Israel (PDF)

    March 21, 2010

    Israel, the size of New Jersey with a population of seven million, is the only country in the world that must face daily calls for its elimination by neighboring countries and terrorist organizations. U.S. security assistance within the foreign aid bill is the most tangible manifestation of American support for Israel as the two allies work toward peace and overcome an unprecedented array of shared threats.