Issue Memo

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

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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.

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    76 Senators Urge President to Follow Key Peace Principles (PDF)

    May 20, 2009

    Seventy-six senators sent a letter to President Obama on May 18 that strongly backs America's efforts to help Israel achieve peace with all her neighbors while upholding the principles that have successfully lead to peace treaties between Israel and both Egypt and Jordan. These key principles include supporting direct, bilateral negotiations between the parties, remaining both a trusted mediator between the parties and a devoted friend to Israel, and insisting on an absolute Palestinian commitment to end incitement and violence against Israel.

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    U.S., Israel Reaffirm Alliance, Focus on Common Goals (PDF)

    May 19, 2009

    President Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's meeting yesterday at the White House reaffirmed the U.S.-Israel alliance and the strong U.S. support for Israel's security. The two leaders pledged to work closely to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran and to advance Israeli-Palestinian and wider Israeli-Arab peace. As the two allies pursue these common goals, the president made clear that Israel's security is "paramount" and that it is in the national security interests of the United States to "assure that Israel's security as a[n] independent Jewish state is maintained."

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    Obama-Netanyahu Meeting Important Opportunity to Counter Iran, Advance Israeli-Arab Peace (PDF)

    May 14, 2009

    With Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Obama slated to meet at the White House on Monday, Netanyahu has articulated a vision for American, Arab, and Israeli cooperation to prevent a nuclear Iran and to advance Israeli-Palestinian peace talks and wider Israeli-Arab peace efforts. To achieve these common goals, the United States should adhere to important principles that have guided past Israeli-Arab negotiations. Arab states will also need to play a constructive role in the process by beginning to normalize ties with Israel, rejecting terrorism and supporting Palestinians committed to peace.

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    Obama-Netanyahu Meeting Important Opportunity to Counter Iran, Advance Israeli-Arab Peace (PDF)

    May 14, 2009

    With Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Obama slated to meet at the White House on Monday, Netanyahu has articulated a vision for American, Arab, and Israeli cooperation to prevent a nuclear Iran and to advance Israeli-Palestinian peace talks and wider Israeli-Arab peace efforts. To achieve these common goals, the United States should adhere to important principles that have guided past Israeli-Arab negotiations. Arab states will also need to play a constructive role in the process by beginning to normalize ties with Israel, rejecting terrorism and supporting Palestinians committed to peace.

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    Obama-Netanyahu Meeting Important Opportunity to Counter Iran, Advance Israeli-Arab Peace (PDF)

    May 14, 2009

    With Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Obama slated to meet at the White House on Monday, Netanyahu has articulated a vision for American, Arab, and Israeli cooperation to prevent a nuclear Iran and to advance Israeli-Palestinian peace talks and wider Israeli-Arab peace efforts. To achieve these common goals, the United States should adhere to important principles that have guided past Israeli-Arab negotiations. Arab states will also need to play a constructive role in the process by beginning to normalize ties with Israel, rejecting terrorism and supporting Palestinians committed to peace.

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    Frequently Asked Questions on the Iran Refined Petroleum Sanctions Act (PDF)

    May 01, 2009

    The Iran Refined Petroleum Sanctions Act is a critical piece of legislation aimed at preventing the Iranian regime from acquiring nuclear weapons. The legislation seeks to reinforce diplomatic efforts with the possibility of tougher sanctions—limiting Iran's ability to import and produce refined petroleum products such as gas and diesel—if Iran rejects U.S. overtures and continues to enrich uranium in defiance of the international community. The legislation reflects America's determination to exhaust all diplomatic, economic and political measures to pressure the Iranian regime to abandon its nuclear weapons program.