Issue Memo

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

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    Talking Points on Congressional Letters Calling for a Strong International Affairs Budget (PDF)

    November 19, 2008

    Members of the House and Senate are circulating letters to President-elect Barack Obama that urges him to support a robust international affairs budget for fiscal year 2010, which includes critical security assistance for Israel. The letters, led by Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Richard Lugar (R-IN) in the Senate and by Reps. Howard Berman (D-CA) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) in the House, send a strong message to our elected officials that during this period of economic uncertainty and political change, our country must not turn its back on the rest of the world. The international affairs budget directly funds vital security assistance to Israel and thus plays a critical role in ensuring that our close ally has the resources to maintain its qualitative military edge and to defend itself against increasing threats.

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    Why Tougher Sanctions Are Vital in Preventing Nuclear Iran (PDF)

    November 12, 2008

    The United States has courageously taken the lead in imposing economic sanctions on Iran. U.S. measures taken to date—including new steps announced last week—combined with U.N.-backed multilateral actions have helped to squeeze Iran's regime. However, Tehran aggressively continues to pursue a nuclear weapons capability that some experts say could reach fruition by late 2009. Given this dangerous timeline, the Bush administration should continue to ratchet up pressure on a defiant Iran even during this period of transition. One important step would be to lead an international diplomatic effort to ban refined petroleum sales to Iran, a move supported by President-elect Barack Obama.

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    Tougher Sanctions Needed Now to Prevent Nuclear Iran (PDF)

    October 31, 2008

    The United States has courageously taken the lead in imposing economic sanctions on Iran. U.S. measures taken to date combined with U.N.-backed multilateral actions have helped to squeeze Iran's regime. However, Tehran aggressively continues to pursue a nuclear weapons capability that some experts say could reach fruition by late 2009. Given this dangerous timeline, the Bush administration should heed the call of both Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain to ratchet up pressure on a defiant Iran. Among these measures, the U.S. should lead an international effort to ban refined petroleum sales to Iran.

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    Israeli Steps Help Boost Economy in West Bank (PDF)

    October 31, 2008

    As part of Israel's efforts to advance negotiations with the Palestinian Authority, the Jewish state has taken a series of steps during the past several months to improve access and movement for Palestinians in the West Bank. Despite the risks to its security, Israel removed more than 130 roadblocks and checkpoints and opened its borders to increasing Palestinian exports and workers, resulting in reduced travel time and increased economic activity. Unfortunately, terrorists continue to exploit Israel's positive moves by plotting attacks, limiting Israel's ability to accommodate Palestinian needs while preserving its own people's safety.

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    Israeli Government in Transition (PDF)

    September 18, 2008

    Members of Israel's Kadima Party on Sept. 17 elected Foreign Minister Tzipi Livi as the new head of the party. She will replace current Party leader Ehud Olmert, who is resigning his post as both leader of the party and prime minister. The selection of a new Kadima leader sets into motion a series of steps that will ultimately lead to the selection of a new prime minister and the formation of a new government. Below is an outline of the process by which a new government will likely be formed.

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    IAEA: Iran Significantly Expanding Nuclear Capabilities (PDF)

    September 16, 2008

    Iran is rapidly overcoming technical obstacles and significantly increasing its uranium enrichment capabilities, according to an alarming new report from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). If Tehran sustains its current efforts in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions, it could stockpile enough material within six months that could be quickly processed into the highly enriched uranium needed for a nuclear bomb. The United States should lead the international community in an urgent and comprehensive economic, diplomatic and political sanctions campaign of increased intensity to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran.

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    Israel Takes Additional Positive Steps to Support Talks (PDF)

    September 16, 2008

    As Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) continue peace negotiations, Israel has stepped up efforts aimed at bolstering PA President Mahmoud Abbas. At the same time, Israel has facilitated an increase in humanitarian goods entering Gaza despite sporadic rocket attacks and efforts by Hamas and other terrorist groups to build up their military capabilities. Notwithstanding these efforts, weapons smuggling into Gaza continues and the PA has yet to take sustained action against the terrorist infrastructure in the West Bank.