Issue Memo

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

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    Jerusalem Overview (PDF)

    August 12, 2009

    Jerusalem is a unified and open city and the capital of the State of Israel. Prior to 1967, Jerusalem was divided—no Israeli of any faith nor any Jew of any nationality was permitted access to the eastern part of the city, including the Western Wall—Judaism's holiest site and the heart of the Jewish people's more than 3,000-year connection to the Land of Israel. Today, people of all faiths—Jews, Muslims and Christians—are free to move and reside anywhere in the city. The current disputed project in Jerusalem, which was subject to extensive legal review, including that of Israel's Supreme Court, and approved earlier this year, will not affect Jerusalem's demographic balance and will not prejudice the outcome of final-status talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

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    Brutal Iranian Regime with Nuclear Weapons Would Pose Serious Threat (PDF)

    July 10, 2009

    World attention has rightly focused on Iran's harsh post-election crackdown, which illustrates the regime's true nature and the threat posed to the international community were it to possess nuclear weapons. As the political struggle inside Iran continues, the regime is pressing ahead with its nuclear program and rebuffing U.S. and European entreaties to enter serious talks. Indeed, Tehran has publicly mocked President Obama's outreach efforts. The United States will need to impose much tougher sanctions if Iran continues to violate U.N. Security Council resolutions and defy the international community.

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    Bold Steps by Arab States Needed to Meet Obama Challenge to Promote Peace (PDF)

    July 10, 2009

    In his June 4 address to the Muslim world, President Obama urged Arab states to take significant steps to facilitate peace between Israel and the Palestinians and said the Arab-Israeli conflict "should no longer be used to distract the people of Arab nations from other problems." Even as Israel has taken significant steps in recent weeks to advance the peace process, most Arab states remain on the sidelines. Much more can be done to respond to American and Israeli overtures. Arab states can heed the president's call by reinvigorating the Arab Peace Initiative with tangible measures to end the six-decade long campaign to isolate and delegitimize Israel.

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    Addressing the Emerging Holocaust Narrative - On Sacred Soil (PDF)

    June 18, 2009

    Addressing the Emerging Holocaust Narrative - On Sacred Soil

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    Addressing the Emerging Holocaust Narrative - Article Excerpts (PDF)

    June 18, 2009

    Addressing the Emerging Holocaust Narrative - Article Excerpts

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    Addressing the Emerging Holocaust Narrative - Ancient Connection (PDF)

    June 18, 2009

    Addressing the Emerging Holocaust Narrative - Ancient Connection

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    Netanyahu Backs Two-State Solution, Reiterates Israel's Commitment to Peace (PDF)

    June 15, 2009

    In a major policy address yesterday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu backed a two-state solution and reiterated Israel's strong desire to reach peace with the Palestinians and the Arab states. Netanyahu urged the immediate resumption of peace talks with the Palestinians, and offered to travel to leading Arab capitals to help end the Arab-Israeli conflict. The prime minister asserted the deep historical connection of the Jewish people to the land of Israel—a connection that would ultimately have to be recognized by the Arab world if there were to be peace between Israel and its neighbors. A White House statement on behalf of President Obama welcomed "the important step forward in Prime Minister Netanyahu's speech."

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    IAEA: Iran Significantly Expanding Nuclear Capabilities (PDF)

    June 11, 2009

    The latest report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) shows that Iran continues to aggressively expand its nuclear capabilities in continued defiance of the international community. Tehran now possesses more than 7,000 centrifuges, enough to make the required fuel for up to two atomic weapons a year. The IAEA says Iran's dramatic expansion of its enrichment capabilities is making it increasingly difficult for the agency to fully monitor these activities. The United States and our allies should 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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    Iran: We Will Continue Nuclear Pursuit Regardless of Election Outcome (PDF)

    June 04, 2009

    Regardless of who wins the June 12 Iranian elections, the regime has vowed to continue its pursuit of a nuclear weapons capability and support for terrorist groups undermining Middle East peace. Iran's national security policies are controlled by the unelected head of its theocratic regime, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and are unlikely to be altered by any of the four candidates for president of the Islamic Republic. The United States should intensify its efforts to determine if Iran will seriously engage in negotiations, while exploring the prospect of more robust sanctions to persuade Iran to end its illicit activity.

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    Bold Steps by Arab States Needed to End Conflict (PDF)

    June 02, 2009

    President Obama's upcoming address to the Arab and Muslim world is an important opportunity to break the psychology of conflict that has permeated the Middle East. As the president seeks areas for partnership with Arab states, those nations can reciprocate by taking immediate transformative steps to support U.S. peace efforts. For example, Arab states should reinforce their Arab Peace Initiative with tangible steps demonstrating real interest in ending six decades of isolating and delegitimizing Israel. They should study how Egyptian President Anwar Sadat's visit to Jerusalem in 1977 dramatically altered Israel's perception of Egypt and led to Egyptian-Israeli peace that has lasted for more than three decades.