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Issue Memos

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

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    America Needs a Comprehensive Policy Approach to Iran

    September 26, 2017

    On Sep. 22, Iran featured a new offensive ballistic missile at a military parade. Iran’s rapidly developing missile program and expanding regional aggression illustrate Tehran’s dangerous ambitions. The Trump administration will soon finalize its Iran policy review. It is clear that America requires a comprehensive approach that addresses both Iran’s dangerous behavior and the underlying flaws of the 2015 nuclear deal.

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    The Israel Anti-Boycott Act, Why Now?

    September 18, 2017

    The Israel Anti-Boycott Act would counter a quickly emerging threat. Some international governmental organizations are now considering blacklisting American companies that conduct legal business in areas controlled by Israel—including East Jerusalem, the Jewish Quarter of the Old City and the West Bank. Companies appearing on this blacklist would be stigmatized and may be subject to punishment. Congress took a stand against the Arab League Boycott against Israel 40 years ago. Today, it needs to extend current law to counter new forms of boycott.

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    U.S. Courts: Anti-Boycott Laws Don’t Violate Free Speech

    September 07, 2017

    In 1977 and 1979, Congress added provisions to the Export Administration Act (EAA) that prohibits Americans engaged in interstate or international commerce from complying with foreign governmental boycotts of friendly nations. The Israel Anti-Boycott Act of 2017 (H.R. 1697 and S. 720) would extend these rules to also prohibit compliance with new, similar boycotts of Israel initiated by international governmental organizations.

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    A History of U.S. Efforts to Combat Boycotts of Israel

    September 07, 2017

    The United States has long defined Israel’s survival and security as important to its own national interests. To this end, Congress and successive administrations have sought to deepen bilateral economic ties and protect Israel against pernicious boycott efforts. American courts have consistently upheld legislation opposing such boycotts.

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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.