Issue Memo

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

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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.

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    New Iran Sanctions Must Be Enforced (PDF)

    February 11, 2013

    On February 6, the United States announced a new round of sanctions designed to limit Tehran’s access to foreign exchange. But Washington needs to step up enforcement of these and earlier sanctions if it hopes to persuade Iran to abandon its illicit nuclear pursuit. Particularly as the international community prepares for talks with Iran in late February, the United States must let Tehran know that the mullahs will face unremitting pressure until the Islamic regime changes course.

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    Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu Begins Coalition Talks (PDF)

    February 06, 2013

    On Feb. 2, 2013, Israel’s President Shimon Peres tasked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with forming a new coalition government, following the Jan. 22 elections. Prime Minister Netanyahu’s party won the most votes in the elections, and holds 31 of the 120 seats in the new Knesset—Israel’s parliament. The United States has affirmed that it is eager to work with Israel’s new government.

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    2013 AIPAC Briefing Book: Print Version (PDF)

    January 31, 2013

    The American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s (AIPAC) Briefing Book is designed specifically as a resource for members of Congress and their staffs. It examines key aspects of the U.S.-Israel relationship and highlights challenges for U.S. Middle East policy facing the 113th Congress. (This version of the Briefing Book is intended primarily for printing.)

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    2013 AIPAC Briefing Book: Web Version (PDF)

    January 31, 2013

    The American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s (AIPAC) Briefing Book is designed specifically as a resource for members of Congress and their staffs. It examines key aspects of the U.S.-Israel relationship and highlights challenges for U.S. Middle East policy facing the 113th Congress. (This version of the Briefing Book is intended primarily for online viewing.)

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    Election Showcases Israel’s Vibrant Democracy (PDF)

    January 28, 2013

    On Tuesday, January 22, 66.6 percent of eligible voters took part in Israeli elections for the 19th Knesset—Israel’s parliament. Final results were announced on January 24. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s party won the most votes, and holds 31 of the 120 seats in the Knesset. President Shimon Peres will ask a Knesset member, usually the leader of the largest party, to form a new coalition government. The United States has affirmed that it is eager to work with Israel’s new government.

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    The Upcoming Israeli Elections (PDF)

    January 17, 2013

    Israelis will go to the polls on January 22 to elect a new legislature, the first step in the formation of a new government. Because no party is likely to gain a majority, Israel’s prime minister will need to form a coalition comprising at least 61 seats of Israel’s 120-member parliament. Coalition negotiations will help set the leadership and policies of the government. This orderly process demonstrates Israel’s vibrant democratic character.

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    Hamas: 25 Years of Terror (PDF)

    December 10, 2012

    Hamas was founded 25 years ago with the goal of destroying Israel. During the past quarter-century, this U.S.-designated terrorist group has killed more than 500 innocent civilians, including two dozen Americans. It has conducted suicide bombings, shootings and 14,000 rocket attacks. Hamas can be a legitimate partner for negotiations only when it meets the key conditions articulated by the international community: it must accept Israel’s right to exist, reject violence, and endorse previous Israeli-Palestinian peace agreements.

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    Iran Expanding Enrichment, Finishes Fordow Facility (PDF)

    December 04, 2012

    Iran continues to make rapid progress towards a nuclear weapons capability. The latest International Atomic Energy Agency report (IAEA) found that Iran recently completed a once-secret uranium enrichment facility. The step significantly expands Iran’s nuclear program and its ability to enrich uranium. Iran also continues to deny IAEA requests to inspect sites that the IAEA suspects conducted nuclear weaponization work. America and its partners must step up diplomatic, political, and economic pressure on Iran to meet its international obligations.

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    Israel Committed to Humanitarian Aid, Avoiding Civilian Casualties (PDF)

    December 04, 2012

    Israel’s recent defensive operations in Gaza fully complied with international law, reflecting the Jewish state’s determination to minimize civilian casualties. Israel also ignored the risks of Hamas attacks to its own citizens while facilitating the transfer of food, medicine, and energy supplies into Gaza. By contrast, Hamas committed dual war crimes by deliberately targeting Israeli civilians and using Palestinian noncombatants as human shields. Hamas should be held accountable for its war crimes and its mistreatment of the civilian population of Gaza.

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    Palestinian U.N. Upgrade Undermines Peace Efforts (PDF)

    November 29, 2012

    The U.N. General Assembly’s (UNGA) passage today of a resolution granting the Palestinians non-member observer state status is a direct blow to Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts. An actual Palestinian state can only be achieved by direct negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians. UNGA recognition of a virtual state of Palestine does nothing to advance that process and hinders resumption of real peace talks. PLO Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has indicated that he will use this recognition to isolate Israel and attack her in international fora. The United States should continue to press the Palestinians to refrain from such actions and outline repercussions if they move ahead.