AIPAC Update

Hot Topic: Congress Stands with Israel

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Added on 12/19/14

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As we celebrate the holiday season and prepare to usher in a new year, I want to take a moment to say thank you.

In a year of increasing turmoil in the Middle East and constant security threats facing the state of Israel, you have stood up to support our ally. Thanks to your work with Congress and your commitment to AIPAC, you have helped ensure that the critical bond between the United States and Israel will only continue to grow stronger in the months and years ahead.

Included below is a collection of AIPAC materials and news stories from the week. Be sure to watch the new Hot Topic video about key pro-Israel legislation passed by Congress this month, and check out the timeline below highlighting work by the 113th Congress to support the U.S.-Israel alliance.

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Hot Topic Video: Congress Stands with Israel
This month, the United States Congress passed two key pieces of legislation in a span of ten days that will dramatically strengthen the bond between America and Israel. Click here to watch a video highlighting these important bills, and be sure to share it with friends and family!
Interactive Timeline of Pro-Israel Legislation
As the 113th Congress comes to a close, AIPAC wishes to thank members of Congress for their steadfast support of the U.S.-Israel relationship. By passing the U.S.-Israel Strategic Partnership Act, supporting Israel’s security with $3.1 billion in foreign aid, increasing funding for joint missile defense programs and outlining the acceptable terms of an agreement with Iran, this Congress produced significant legislation to keep Israel secure and strengthen the historic bond between the two countries.

Click here to view a timeline of congressional support for Israel over the past two years.

News to Note
U.S. Says it Will Not Support Palestinian U.N. Bid
The United States will not support the current resolution put forward by the Palestinians setting the terms of a peace deal with Israel, a U.S. official said Thursday.

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Cement for Rebuilding Gaza Diverted to Terror Tunnels
Hamas has been redoubling its efforts to restore the cross-border offensive tunnels that were destroyed by Israel during last summer’s war in the Gaza Strip, Israeli media reported Friday morning.

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European Court Reverses Designation of Hamas as a Terrorist Organization
Strains between Israel and parts of Europe intensified on Wednesday when the European Union's second-highest court reversed the bloc's designation of the militant Palestinian group Hamas as a terrorist organization.

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From the AIPAC News Hub: New Federal Spending Bill Boosts Security Assistance to Israel
On Dec. 13, Congress passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill for the 2015 fiscal year that designated $3.1 billion in security assistance to Israel.

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The Latest on Iran
At U.N., Iran Urged to Show More Flexibility in Nuclear Talks
Iran has not demonstrated sufficient flexibility in nuclear talks with the P5+1, France and Britain said on Thursday. The remarks at the United Nations came just after the completion of another inconclusive round of negotiations in Geneva this week between Iranian officials and the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China.

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Hamas' Deputy Chief Says it Has Patched Up Ties with Iran
Hamas and Iran have repaired a close political and military relationship frayed by the Syrian civil war, the Palestinian Islamist group's deputy leader said on Wednesday.

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U.N. OKs Measures Targeting North Korea, Iran, Syria
The U.N. General Assembly on Thursday approved resolutions criticizing the human rights situations of North Korea, Iran and Syria. The special rapporteur for Iran focused attention on the country's "alarmingly high frequency" of the use of the death penalty. The resolution calls on Iran to stop a range of abuses including torture, gender discrimination and the targeting of activists and journalists.

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Stay Informed on Iran
Learn more about the status of negotiations and stay current with news about Iran's nuclear program by visiting www.aipac.org/Iran.