Issue Memos

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

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    The Truth About the Israel Anti-Boycott Act

    August 17, 2017

    The Israel Anti-Boycott Act (S.720 and H.R.1697) expands existing U.S. law to prohibit compliance with anti-Israel boycotts led by international governmental organizations. Arguments that the legislation infringes upon First Amendment rights are incorrect. Nothing in the bill restricts constitutionally-protected free speech. Companies and individuals would remain entirely free to criticize Israel or boycott it on their own volition.

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    Syria Cease-Fire Fails to Address Israeli Security Concerns

    July 25, 2017

    On July 7, the United States, Jordan and Russia agreed to a cease-fire in a limited area of southwestern Syria. Despite prior consultation, Israel has expressed concerns that the arrangement could lead Iran and Hezbollah to eventually establish a strategic foothold on Israel’s northern border. Moving forward, the United States must better address these security concerns to prevent a serious clash between Israel and Iran’s proxies in Syria. 

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    Iran Compliance Recertified, Concerns Remain

    July 18, 2017

    On July 18, the State Department certified to Congress that Iran remains in compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). This certification, required every 90 days by the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, comes as the Trump administration continues its Iran policy review. 

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    The Six-Day War: A Triumph of Survival (PDF)

    June 05, 2017

    When the Six-Day War began 50 years ago this week, Israel confronted an existential threat. Four Arab armies bent on Israel’s destruction encircled the Jewish state. Yet Israel triumphed. It reunified Jerusalem, opening it to worshippers of all faiths. Since then, Israel has continued its quest for peace, signing peace treaties with Egypt and Jordan and seeking peace in the context of a two-state solution with the Palestinians.

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    Congress Must Examine Impact of Saudi Arms Sale (PDF)

    May 30, 2017

    The Trump administration’s announcement that the United States will sell Saudi Arabia over $110 billion of arms over the next decade raises serious policy concerns. As the administration forwards its proposals, Congress must closely examine the implications of the sale and ensure that the package serves America’s national security interests. Congress must also ensure preservation of Israel’s Qualitative Military Edge (QME), as required by law.

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    Iranian Election Likely to Bring More of the Same (PDF)

    May 19, 2017

    Today, Iranians go to the polls to elect a president. Unfortunately, Iran’s voters will not have the opportunity to change their country’s extremist policies. The election features two major candidates: the pragmatic hardliner and incumbent President Hassan Rouhani, and the ideological hardliner and mid-level cleric Ebrahim Raisi. Regardless of who wins, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei will remain in firm control.

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    U.S. Must Urge Abbas to Advance Peace (PDF)

    May 18, 2017

    For decades, Israel has made clear its desire to negotiate peace and it continues to do so. America must urge the Palestinians to similarly commit to meaningful negotiations without preconditions, to end incitement to violence, and to seek a lasting resolution to the conflict that would lead to two states living in peace.

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    Arguments Against Iran Sanctions are Misplaced (PDF)

    May 17, 2017

    The Iran Ballistic Missiles and International Sanctions Enforcement Act (H.R.1698) and The Countering Iran’s Destabilizing Activities Act of 2017 (S.722) strengthen U.S. sanctions against those carrying out or supporting such activities. These bills exclusively address actions outside the nuclear sphere. They do not violate either the letter or the spirit of the JCPOA.

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    New Hamas Document Calls for Israel’s Destruction (PDF)

    May 08, 2017

    On May 1, Hamas released a policy document outlining the terrorist group’s strategy and outlook. The new document represents a cosmetic amendment that does not revoke or supersede Hamas’ original anti-Semitic charter. Unfortunately, it reiterates Hamas’ claim to all Israeli territory and does nothing to alter the group’s commitment to terrorism and the destruction of Israel. The United States and the international community must continue to isolate and sanction the terrorist group.

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    Israel: A Global Leader on Women's Issues (PDF)

    March 08, 2017

    On March 8, the world celebrates International Women’s Day. Since its founding, Israel has emerged as a leader in promoting gender equality and protecting the rights of women—carefully balancing diverse religious sensitivities with strong support for universal rights—all of which is unprecedented in the Middle East.

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    Designate the IRGC as a Terrorist Group (PDF)

    February 21, 2017

    The U.S. government should formally designate Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist group. The IRGC, both directly and through its proxies, supports terrorist activities throughout the world. 

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    Iranian Ballistic Missile Tests Demand Comprehensive Response (PDF)

    February 07, 2017

    On Feb. 3, the Treasury Department issued new sanctions against entities involved in supporting Iran’s ballistic missile program. These important first steps must be part of a comprehensive strategy to push back against Iran’s malign activities and strengthen U.S. allies.

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    The U.N. Again Demonstrates Incapacity to Promote Israeli-Palestinian Peace (PDF)

    December 01, 2016

    On Nov. 30, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) condemned Israel in six separate resolutions. Coming a day after the annual U.N.-declared “International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People,” the U.N. once again disqualified itself from any constructive role in promoting Israeli-Palestinian peace. Instead, its actions perpetuate an anti-Israel environment that discourages constructive Israeli-Palestinian engagement and the direct talks necessary to reach a just and lasting peace agreement.