Issue Memo

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

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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.

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    Israel Forced to Respond to Hamas' Reign of Terror (PDF)

    November 15, 2012

    Hamas and its terrorist allies in Gaza have hit Israel with nearly 400 rockets since Nov. 10, 1,000 during the past year, and some 13,000 in the past 11 years. These rockets have one goal: to terrorize, kill or maim innocent civilians. Hamas’ long reign of terror has forced Israeli action to protect its citizens and cripple Hamas’ terrorist infrastructure.

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    Israel Facing Mounting Storm (PDF)

    November 14, 2012

    Israel today is facing a host of growing threats: 124 rockets from Gaza in the last four days; mortar fire from Syria; and continuing attacks from Sinai. At the same time, the Palestinian leadership refuses to negotiate with Israel while Iran crudely threatens the Jewish state and advances its nuclear weapons program. At this critical moment, it is vitally important for American leaders to unequivocally support Israel’s right to exist in peace and security and its current operations to defend its citizens.

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    Israel Takes Steps for Peace, Palestinians Going to U.N. (PDF)

    September 06, 2012

    Despite persistent Palestinian rejectionism, Israel has creatively offered important political and economic incentives to the Palestinian Authority (PA). Instead of returning to peace talks, the Palestinians are seeking to upgrade their status at the United Nations. The United States should recognize Israel’s accommodating approach and continue pressing PA President Mahmoud Abbas to end his U.N. bid and return to bilateral negotiations with Israel.

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    Iranian Leaders Step Up Vitriolic Rhetoric (PDF)

    September 06, 2012

    Iran’s leaders have unleashed a furious storm of anti-Semitic, genocidal rhetoric threatening Israel’s eradication. These statements highlight the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran. They also raise the question as to whether Iranian leaders should be brought up on charges before international courts for incitement to genocide.

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    Iran's Leaders Threaten Israel's Annihilation, Dramatically Advance Toward Nuclear Weapons (PDF)

    August 31, 2012

    Iran’s leaders are explicitly threatening Israel’s annihilation while accelerating their pursuit of nuclear weapons capability. In recent weeks Tehran has doubled the centrifuges deployed at its underground Fordow site while refusing International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspections. The world must take concerted action now; time is running out to stop Iran’s nuclear quest.

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    Israel Takes Steps for Peace, Palestinians Reject Moves (PDF)

    August 23, 2012

    Despite persistent Palestinian rejectionism, Israel has creatively offered important political and economic incentives to the Palestinian Authority (PA). Instead of returning to peace talks, the Palestinians are threatening once again to turn to the United Nations. The United States should recognize Israel’s accommodating approach and continue pressing PA President Mahmoud Abbas to return to bilateral negotiations with Israel.

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    Danger from Damascus (PDF)

    August 23, 2012

    The Syrian regime poses a stark danger to the stability of the region. It possesses the largest known stockpile of chemical weapons in the Middle East -- including nerve gas and mustard blistering gas -- as well as 4,000 shoulder-fired missiles that can target civilian or military aircraft.