Issue Memo

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

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    Flawed NPT Call Ignores Iranian Threat, Singles Out Israel (PDF)

    June 02, 2010

    The faulty final document coming out of the United Nations' recently completed month-long Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) review conference failed to address the key nuclear proliferation threat facing the Middle East and the world: Iran. The document does not include any mention of Iranian or Syrian violations of their treaty obligations, but instead singles out Israel and calls on the United Nations to convene a conference in 2012 on the establishment of a Middle East zone free of weapons of mass destruction. Without the necessary precondition of true regional peace, the United States should prevent such a gathering, which will predictably turn into yet another international forum to bash Israel.

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    Who Was Behind the Gaza Flotilla? (PDF)

    June 01, 2010

    The Turkish Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH) was responsible for dispatching the Gaza flotilla. IHH was founded in Istanbul in 1995. It has well documented ties to Hamas and has been linked to other Islamic terrorist organizations, including al‐Qaeda.

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    Timeline: Gaza Flotilla (PDF)

    June 01, 2010

    On May 31, the Israel Defense Forces intercepted six ships, known as the “Free Gaza” flotilla. The flotilla attempted to break Israel’s blockade of the Hamas‐controlled Gaza Strip. Despite claiming its primary aim was to deliver humanitarian aid to Gaza, in reality, its objective was to provoke Israel and incite international scrutiny on the blockade.

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    Flotilla Sought Provocation, Not to Provide Assistance (PDF)

    June 01, 2010

    The primary aim of the Gaza flotilla was not to provide humanitarian relief; it was to cause a provocation with Israel. Its top organizers and some of its participants are radicals with ties to terrorist groups that sought a violent confrontation. In contrast, the Israeli navy had worked hard to plan a peaceful interception of the six ships and its personnel only used force when their lives were at risk. Israel has legitimate self-defense reasons to inspect the cargo going into the Hamas-controlled area, where the U.S.-designated terrorist group has smuggled in thousands of munitions and rockets for use in attacks against Israeli civilians.