Issue Memo

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

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    Israel Forced to Defend Citizens After Years of Attacks (PDF)

    December 30, 2008

    Israel began forceful action this past weekend to quell Hamas' terrorist threat to Israeli civilians. Since Israel's 2005 withdrawal from Gaza, Hamas has indiscriminately fired more than 6,300 rockets and mortars—including 600 in the past six weeks—at Israeli population centers. Last spring, Israel tested whether Hamas would move toward peace by accepting Egypt's proposal for a six-month lull in the fighting. Instead, Hamas significantly enhanced its arsenal, and ultimately resumed its rocket assaults. Despite Hamas' aggression, Israel continues to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian assistance and is acting to limit civilian casualties in Gaza.

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    MAP: The Iranian Missile Threat (PDF)

    December 29, 2008

    This map dramatically illustrates the Iranian missile threat to the Middle East. Iran has ballistic missiles that could carry nuclear, chemical or biological warheads 1,500 miles — threatening U.S. troops, Israel, other U.S. allies and vital energy resources.

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    MAP: Hizballah Rocket Ranges (PDF)

    December 29, 2008

    This map illustrates the ability of the terrorist group Hizballah's rocket arsenal to strike large parts of Israel.

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    America Supports Israel's Defensive Actions (PDF)

    December 29, 2008

    American leaders on a bipartisan basis are voicing critical support for Israel's defensive actions in Gaza. Israel responded strongly this weekend to Hamas' abandonment of a six-month long lull in fighting and its resumption of large-scale rocket barrages on Israeli civilians. American and some Arab officials have squarely placed the blame on Hamas, which has cynically used its grip over Gaza to attack Israel rather than see after the needs of its own people. Despite that, Israel continues to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian assistance and is acting to limit civilian casualties in Gaza.

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    MAP: Terrorist Buildup in Gaza (PDF)

    December 29, 2008

    Terrorist Buildup in Gaza

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    MAP: The History of Israel's Borders (PDF)

    December 29, 2008

    The History of Israel's Borders

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    MAP: Israel Size Comparison (PDF)

    December 29, 2008

    Israel Size Comparison

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    MAP: Israel's Narrow Waistband (PDF)

    December 29, 2008

    Israel's Narrow Waistband

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    Hamas Abandons Pretense of Calm with Barrage of Attacks (PDF)

    December 23, 2008

    After weeks of rocket attacks against Israeli civilians, Hamas formally announced that it will not extend the six-month Egyptian-mediated lull in fighting, which officially ended Dec. 19. During the past six weeks, Hamas and other terrorist groups have fired nearly 400 rockets and mortars into Israel, doubled their stockpile of rockets and upgraded the weapons' capabilities. Israel remains committed to reducing hostilities and facilitating humanitarian assistance to Gaza while simultaneously defending its citizens against attack. Further violence directed at Israeli civilians from Hamas-controlled Gaza may require Israel to take tougher measures in self-defense.