Congress has been a bedrock of support for the U.S.-Israel relationship by supporting aid, helping stop Iran's pursuit of a nuclear weapons capability, supporting Israel's right to defend itself and reinforcing American policy that peace will only be achieved through direct negotiations. Below are the current legislative priorities that will strengthen American and Israeli security and the bonds that unite these two allies.
The Iran Sanctions Act is a critical bipartisan piece of legislation that constitutes the core of American sanctions on Iran. It was set to expire on Dec. 31, 2016, and but was renewed by Congress and enacted into law on Dec. 15.
Israel and the United States are committed to a two-state solution—a Jewish state living side-by-side in peace with a demilitarized Palestinian state. The House of Representatives and Senate have both introduced bipartisan resolutions—H. Res. 11 and S. Res. 6, respectively—reaffirming this principle and opposing efforts at the United Nations to impose a solution on the conflict. The House overwhelmingly adopted H. Res. 11 on Jan. 5. Please thank your representative for supporting H. Res. 11 and urge your senators to stand with Israel and vote in favor of S. Res. 6. .
On Feb. 10, lawmakers in the House and Senate introduced the Combating BDS Act of 2016 (S. 2531 and H.R. 4514), a bipartisan piece of legislation aimed at increasing efforts to combat economic warfare against Israel at the state and local levels.
America must continue to help ensure that Israel has the resources to respond decisively to threats ranging from Hezbollah in the short term, to a potential nuclear armed Iran in the longer term.
On Sept.14, the United States and Israel signed a new, historic 10-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which pledges $38 billion in U.S. security assistance to Israel for Fiscal Years 2019-2028.
Please thank your senators and representatives who urged the administration to swiftly conclude the robust agreement. Please also continue to urge your members of Congress to support full funding for security assistance to Israel this year—$3.1 billion—and for an increase in future aid to ensure the Jewish state’s growing defense needs are met.