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.
Iran—the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism—remains the greatest long-term threat to U.S. and Israeli interests in the Middle East. Since the 2015 announcement of the Iran nuclear deal—also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)—Tehran has increased its dangerous behavior. America should respond decisively to let Iran know that it will face severe consequences if it does not cease its aggression and comply with its international obligations. Please urge your representative to support and thank your senators for supporting bipartisan legislation to counter Iran's malign behavior.
The United States has long defined Israel’s survival and security as important to its national interests. Accordingly, America provides Israel—the sole democracy in the Middle East—with annual security assistance to help it defend itself, by itself, against mounting threats across the region.
Please urge your members of Congress to support full funding of annual security assistance to Israel—$3.1 billion—as well as $600 million in missile defense funding.
On Dec. 23, the United States failed to veto a one-sided, anti-Israel resolution at the United Nations Security Council. The resolution hinders the peace process by seeking to impose a solution on the Israelis and Palestinians instead of supporting an agreement reached through direct, bilateral negotiations. Please thank members who spoke out against the most recent, destructive action at the United Nations (U.N.) regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and urge those who have not.
Israel has long been targeted with economic warfare, and Congress has a proud history of defending the Jewish state from such attacks. Please press your lawmakers to fight the boycott of Israel. Specifically, please urge your members of Congress to cosponsor the Combating BDS Act of 2017 and to cosponsor the Israel Anti-Boycott Act.