Issue Memo

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

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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.

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    Iran Enrichment Deal: Stalling Tactic to Derail Sanctions (PDF)

    May 18, 2010

    Iran is embarking on a new effort to scuttle sanctions through acceptance of a new Turkish-Brazilian "compromise" proposal. Under this proposal, Iran would ship only half of its low enriched uranium (LEU) out of the country for further enrichment while continuing to violate numerous U.N. Security Council resolutions. The international community cannot afford to be taken in by this Iranian ruse and should move rapidly to step up pressure on Tehran.

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    Time for U.N., American Action as Iran Continues to Stall (PDF)

    May 12, 2010

    Iran is seeking to delay U.N. Security Council sanctions deliberations by rehashing old proposals and offering more talks. Eighteen months ago, the Security Council demanded that Iran suspend its nuclear activity, while four months have passed since Tehran rejected the proposal to enrich its uranium for medical purposes outside the country. The international community must reject Iran's stalling and rapidly impose crippling sanctions while time remains to prevent Tehran from acquiring a nuclear weapons capability.

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    Press Syria Now to End Destructive Policies (PDF)

    May 12, 2010

    As America seeks to engage Syria, Damascus has deepened its links with terrorists and stonewalled international efforts to investigate its illicit nuclear program. Syria is supplying Hizballah with increasingly sophisticated weaponry, including advanced missiles. With Syrian actions dramatically increasing the chances for an outbreak of violence in the near future, the United States should complement its dialogue effort with stepped-up sanctions to persuade Damascus to abandon its destructive path.

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    Proximity Talks Mark Positive Step, but Direct Negotiations Essential for Peace (PDF)

    May 12, 2010

    Israeli-Palestinian proximity talks mediated by the United States are a welcome first step back to the negotiating table. America and Israel understand that to reach a genuine and lasting peace these indirect talks should lead rapidly and unconditionally to direct, bilateral negotiations. Unfortunately, Palestinian leaders continue to insist on unrealistic preconditions, while Israel has taken a series of steps to foster serious and direct negotiations.

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    Administration Reaffirms Value of U.S.-Israel Alliance (PDF)

    May 10, 2010

    President Obama, top members of his administration and senior military leaders have highlighted the importance of the U.S.-Israel relationship and reaffirmed that a strong and secure Israel advances U.S. national security interests. They have renewed their firm commitment to Israel's security and clearly explained that the United States cannot and does not seek to impose a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.

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    Boost in U.S. Aid to Israel Vital Amid Increasing Threats (PDF)

    May 05, 2010

    U.S. security assistance to Israel in the annual foreign aid bill is the most tangible manifestation of American support for Israel's qualitative military edge. U.S. assistance helps counter the great disparity in defense spending between Israel and potential aggressors.

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    Israel's 60-Year Quest for Peace (PDF)

    May 05, 2010

    Even before Israel was established, the leaders of the Jewish community in then-British Mandate Palestine sought peace with their Arab neighbors. The State of Israel has remained committed to that goal throughout its history, repeatedly demonstrating its desire to live side-by-side with neighboring states and peoples. Israel's willingness to trade land for peace has led to peace treaties with Egypt and Jordan. Likewise, Israel proved its willingness to make bold, painful concessions in order to secure agreements that it hoped would end the conflict with the Palestinians. The current Israeli government continues on this path.