Issue Memo

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

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    After Election, U.S. Must Judge Iran by Its Actions (PDF)

    June 18, 2013

    Iran last week elected a new president, regime loyalist and former nuclear negotiator Hassan Rouhani. Rouhani campaigned on a platform of improved relations with the West. But to mend ties with the West, Iran must comply with its international obligations, including ending its nuclear weapons quest. The international community should provide sanctions relief only after Tehran takes concrete positive steps to halt its nuclear activities. Until that time, the United States should maintain a steady policy that couples a genuine willingness to negotiate with increased sanctions pressure.

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    Peace Requires Commitment to Talks, Rejection of Preconditions (PDF)

    May 15, 2013

    As the Obama administration works to revive Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, it should stick to the key principles that have fostered progress in prior peace efforts. America should eschew any effort to impose a solution, deal privately with disagreements between the parties, and reject attempts to impose preconditions. Washington should also urge Arab states to broaden their support for the Palestinian Authority (PA) and for peace talks well beyond their recent effort to revive the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative. American diplomats should insist that the Palestinians stay at the negotiating table, end incitement against Israel, and refrain from waging diplomatic warfare against Israel at the U.N.

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    Elections Unlikely to Alter Tehran's Nuclear Calculus (PDF)

    May 15, 2013

    Iran’s presidential election next month is unlikely to lead Tehran to comply with international obligations to suspend its nuclear program. Such decisions will remain with Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. The United States must continue to focus on dramatically increasing the pressure on Iran by fully enforcing current sanctions, implementing new measures, and increasing the credibility of the option to use force.

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    Iran Again Rebuffs P5+1: World Must Step Up Pressure (PDF)

    April 15, 2013

    The latest talks between world powers and Iran earlier this month once again failed to achieve progress toward curbing Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Meanwhile, Tehran continues to expand its nuclear program in violation of its international obligations. The United States must dramatically increase the pressure on Iran to suspend its program by enforcing current sanctions, enacting new measures, and increasing a credible military threat.

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    Adherence to Key Principles Will Strengthen Peace Prospects (PDF)

    April 12, 2013

    As the United States makes a new effort to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, we should remember the key principles that have led to progress in prior negotiations. Washington should coordinate closely with Israel and use its good offices to facilitate direct negotiations without preconditions. The United States should eschew any effort to impose a solution and deal privately with disagreements that may arise between the parties. The United States should urge broad Arab support for the Palestinian Authority (PA) and the talks, and insist that the Palestinians stay at the table, end incitement against Israel, and cease their diplomatic warfare against Israel at the U.N.

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    Obama's Historic Visit to Israel (PDF)

    March 22, 2013

    As you gather around the Seder table this week, you should feel enormous pride in the remarkable trip to Israel that President Obama just conducted. While there, the president and Prime Minister Netanyahu demonstrated the strength and depth of the U.S.-Israel relationship that the administration, members of Congress, and AIPAC members work so hard to ensure. The trip sent a powerful message to the world about the policies and positions of the administration.

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    U.S.-Israel Missile Defense Cooperation (PDF)

    March 12, 2013

    The friendship between the United States and Israel comes from a deep commitment to protecting the shared values of both nations. The United States is dedicated to supporting its ally Israel especially in its struggle to defend itself against the harsh attacks of neighboring Arab countries. Israel's sophisticated missile defense programs have saved thousands of lives by shielding Israeli citizens from rocket attacks. 

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    Israeli Medical Innovations (PDF)

    March 12, 2013

    Throughout the Jewish state's history, Israeli doctors, scientists and researchers have produced countless medical advances. Whether achieved through independent research or joint projects with the United States, the medical discoveries made in Israel are improving the lives of millions of Americans and others around the globe. 

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    U.S.-Israel Homeland Security Cooperation (PDF)

    March 12, 2013

    Israel has become a leader in designing technologies in the arenas of homeland security and counter-terrorism. Today, Israel is working with the U.S. government and the private sector to develop systems and equipment aimed at thwarting terrorism and safeguarding citizens from both nations.

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    Energy Security and Clean Technology (PDF)

    March 12, 2013

    A deep commitment to common values and interests binds Israel closely to its ally the United States. Today, the two nations are working together like never before in the arenas of energy security and clean technology. 

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    Israeli Innovations Save American Lives on the Battlefield (PDF)

    March 12, 2013

    A close relationship between the United States and Israel enables the sharing of technologies and techniques between the U.S. military and the Israel Defense Forces - to the benefit of both nations.

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    Challenges to America and Israel: Allies Must Stand Together (PDF)

    March 01, 2013

    As violence and instability mount across the Middle East, challenges to Israel’s and America’s security are growing more severe. Iran is racing towards a nuclear weapons capability, Egypt is sliding into chaos, the Syrian civil war is deepening and Jordan faces mounting unrest. Amid these troubling developments, the United States and Israel must stand together and find ways to broaden their already extensive cooperation.

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    American Leadership Keeps Us Safe: The Case for Foreign Aid (PDF)

    March 01, 2013

    The United States faces extraordinary challenges in today’s world that threaten our national interests and well-being. To preserve America’s safety, security and prosperity, the United States must use all available tools to engage successfully across the globe. A robust foreign aid budget is one essential element of America’s national security strategy. Foreign aid enables us to support key allies like Israel, pave the way for Washington’s diplomatic efforts, spur our job-creating exports, and help prevent unstable areas from becoming breeding grounds for terror.

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    Iran's Nuclear Threat: An American Strategy for Prevention (PDF)

    March 01, 2013

    American policy is to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. The United States and the international community have put in place a sanctions regime that is dramatically impacting Iran’s economy. Yet, the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program persists. America must persuade Tehran that it will thwart its nuclear weapons program. Washington can do so by ratcheting up sanctions enforcement, imposing new sanctions, displaying a credible military option and standing by our ally Israel.

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    The Value of Foreign Aid (PDF)

    February 14, 2013

    Israel is America’s closest ally in the Middle East. To help Israel maintain a strong military, the United States provides the Jewish state with annual security assistance as part of the overall foreign aid bill. This vital aid, most of which Israel spends in the United States, is the most tangible expression of American support for the Jewish state.