Issue Memo

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

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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.

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    Iran Reaching Critical Milestone in Nuclear Quest (PDF)

    November 21, 2008

    Iran is reaching a critical milestone in its quest for a nuclear weapons capability. In the view of some experts, Iran has now enriched a sufficient quantity of uranium that it could produce a nuclear weapon if it decided to further enrich that material to weapons-grade level. As Iran continues to defy U.N. Security Council resolutions, the U.S. must lead the international community in an urgent effort of increased intensity to impose comprehensive economic, diplomatic and political sanctions to persuade Iran to turn away from this dangerous course.

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    Hamas Undermines Calm with Barrage of Attacks (PDF)

    November 20, 2008

    Hamas has stepped up its rocket attacks, weapons smuggling and efforts to infiltrate the Jewish state to carry out terrorist attacks during the past two weeks. Since Nov. 4, Hamas has fired 150 rockets and mortars into Israel, raising serious questions about the terrorist group's commitment to maintain the Egyptian-mediated calm with Israel. Israel remains committed to efforts to reduce hostilities and to facilitating humanitarian assistance while at the same time taking the necessary measures to defend its citizens amid this increase in attacks.

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    Syria Must Be Pressed on Illicit Nuclear Program (PDF)

    November 20, 2008

    An investigation by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) provides strong evidence that a Syrian site bombed by Israel last year was a nuclear facility. The IAEA concluded—based on hard evidence—that there is strong reason to believe Syria was nearing completion of a nuclear reactor. The international community must press Syria to fully cooperate with IAEA inspectors and come clean on its illicit nuclear activity.

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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.