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.
Congress must send a strong message to the Iranians that the United States will push back if it violates its international obligations. Please urge members of Congress to support the extension of ISA and a tough response to Iran’s ongoing ballistic missile program, including the imposition of tougher sanctions on those responsible for recent missile tests and those entities providing material support to the program.
This fall, the U.N. Security Council appears likely to once again insert itself into the Israeli-Palestinian diplomatic arena by taking up one or more anti-Israel resolutions. Such Security Council deliberations will likely divide the parties rather than bringing them together. Peace between Israelis and Palestinians will only be durable if both parties negotiate in good faith and implement a mutually agreed-upon solution. The United States must veto any one-sided resolutions and press the Palestinians to return to direct, bilateral negotiations with Israel.
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.