Issue Memo

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

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    What is Hamas (PDF)

    July 30, 2014

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    Hamas Aggression Forces Israel to Defend Itself (PDF)

    July 08, 2014

    After enduring more than 400 rocket attacks from Gaza in the past three weeks, Israel has launched Operation Protective Edge to protect its citizens. Hamas is intent on killing, maiming, and terrorizing innocent Israeli civilians wherever they live or work. Today Hamas rockets ranged as far north as Tel Aviv and its suburbs, putting most of Israel’s population at risk. The United States must continue to stand with Israel as it takes steps to protect its citizens.

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    Kidnappings Highlight Terror Threat to Israel (PDF)

    June 20, 2014

    The June 12 kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers by Hamas personnel highlights the continued terrorist threats facing the Jewish state. While Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has condemned the attack, he should use this opportunity to reverse his recent policies. President Abbas should turn away from the terrorist Hamas and return to peace talks with Israel. The United States should continue to stand with Israel and its right to defend itself.

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    Palestinian Unity Government a Setback for Peace (PDF)

    June 05, 2014

    The formation of a Palestinian Authority unity government backed by Hamas is a disturbing setback for peace. Rather than pursue a peace agreement with his willing Israeli partner, PA President Mahmoud Abbas chose to align with an Islamist terrorist organization that seeks Israel’s destruction and continues to perpetrate terror attacks against Israel. Congress should suspend aid to the PA while it conducts a thorough review of continued U.S. assistance to ensure that U.S. law, which prohibits funds to a Palestinian government in which Hamas participates or has undue influence, is completely followed and implemented.

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    Hamas' Charter of Hate (PDF)

    May 19, 2014

    The Hamas charter, published in 1988, details the guiding principles of the group, which has been designated a terrorist organization by the United States and the European Union. Laced with anti-Semitism and racism, the charter calls for the destruction of the state of Israel through jihad, or holy war.

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    Hamas Escalates Incendiary Rhetoric against Israel (PDF)

    May 09, 2014

    Since reaching a unity accord with Fatah on April 23, Hamas has vigorously reaffirmed its commitment to Israel’s destruction. In the past month, the Islamist terrorist group has issued vicious anti-Semitic statements against Jews and the Jewish state. Unfortunately, it shows no sign of willingness to accept the Quartet principles that require any Palestinian government to recognize Israel, renounce violence and accept previous Israeli-Palestinian agreements.

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    The Danger of a Short Iranian Breakout Time (PDF)

    May 05, 2014

    Perhaps the most contentious issue of the P5+1 negotiations with Iran is the fate of Tehran’s uranium enrichment program. Any final agreement must require the dismantlement of Iran’s centrifuge capacity such that it does not have a uranium path to a nuclear weapon.

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    Hamas 101 (PDF)

    May 02, 2014

    Founded in 1987 as an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas is an Iranian-backed terrorist organization that is responsible for hundreds of deaths, including more than two dozen Americans. Here are 10 facts to note about Hamas.

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    Hamas-Fatah Unity Would Cripple Peace Efforts (PDF)

    April 24, 2014

    The announced formation of a Hamas-Fatah unity government represents a direct affront to Secretary of State John Kerry and a severe blow to Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts. Hamas is an Islamist terrorist organization that seeks Israel’s destruction and attacks innocent civilians. Any Palestinian government that includes Hamas cannot be a negotiating partner unless it meets longstanding Quartet demands ensconced in U.S. law: recognize Israel, reject violence, and accept previous Israeli-Palestinian agreements.

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    Iran Escalating Persecution of Christians (PDF)

    April 23, 2014

    While Christians around the world celebrated Easter this past Sunday, the roughly 300,000 living in Iran face a rising tide of oppression and persecution for their beliefs.

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    The Iranian Leadership: No Sign of Change (PDF)

    April 04, 2014

    Iran’s leadership is continuing on the radical, anti-Western course set by Ayatollah Khomenei 35 years ago. Its appointment of Hamid Abutalebi, who played a role in the 1979-1981 U.S. embassy takeover, as its new ambassador to the United Nations is a stark reminder of the nature of the Iranian regime. Despite occasional moderate rhetoric by President Rouhani, all of Iran’s leaders remain firmly committed to Tehran’s Islamist revolutionary ethos, its support of terrorism, and its nuclear pursuit.

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    After 35 Years, Israel-Egypt Treaty Marks Key Benchmark for Middle East Peace (PDF)

    March 27, 2014

    This week marks the 35th anniversary of the 1979 Treaty of Peace between Israel and Egypt, which stands as the foundation of all Arab-Israeli peace efforts. Egypt became the first Arab state to officially recognize Israel and normalize relations; for its part, Israel returned the entire Sinai Peninsula to Egypt and pledged to negotiate a peace accord with the Palestinians. Since 1979, Egypt, Israel, and the United States have frequently worked together to promote regional security. Despite intense turmoil in the Middle East and within Egypt itself, the Israel-Egypt treaty has held firm, protecting the citizens of both nations from the devastation of war. It remains an indispensable foundation for regional peace.

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    The 2014 AIPAC Briefing Book (PDF)

    March 25, 2014

    The AIPAC Briefing Book analyzes the key planks of AIPAC's policy agenda in 2014, including the U.S.-Israel strategic partnership, Iran's nuclear program, the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, and foreign aid.

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    Beyond the Nuclear: Iran's Extremism Persists (PDF)

    March 18, 2014

    As Iran and the P5+1 resume nuclear discussions this week in Vienna, and members of Congress assert their role in the talks, Tehran continues to demonstrate destructive behavior. Most recently, Israel seized an illegal Iranian weapons shipment to Gaza terrorists, a U.N. report castigated Iran’s human rights record under President Hassan Rouhani, and a U.S. government official revealed that Iran illicitly continues to seek parts for nuclear weapons in violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions. Iran’s continuing support for terrorism, human rights abuses, and flouting of U.N. Security Council resolutions will make it much more difficult to conclude a successful negotiation over Tehran’s illicit nuclear program. It also makes it essential that any final agreement require Iran to physically dismantle existing facilities and submit to an extraordinarily thorough inspections regime.

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    Israel as a Jewish State (PDF)

    March 12, 2014

    Today, the State of Israel is negotiating with Palestinian leaders to reach an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through a two-state solution. Israel recognizes the Palestinian right to establish a Palestinian state, and calls upon the Palestinians to recognize Israel as the Jewish state. As Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas prepares to meet with President Obama this Monday at the White House, it is clear that Palestinian acceptance of Israel’s character as a Jewish nation-state has become an essential component for resolving the conflict.