Abrahamic Initiative on the Middle East

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Legislative Updates

12-4-2014 Congress passes watered-down bill on U.S.-Israel ties - Diplomacy and Defense Israel News - Haaretz Israeli News source | Bradley Klapper

The US Campaign to End the Occupation played a role in waiver amendment. See http://www.opencongress.org/bill/s2673-113/actions_votes

Bill doesn't include Israel joining U.S. Visa Waiver Program, something Netanyahu, pro-Israel lawmakers pushed for during almost two years of legislative wrangling.

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Congressional Calendar 2014

 

Conditioning US Military Aid on Israeli Government Compliance with Human Rights

One of AIME's most important and continuing legislative priorities is to influence our Congress members to assure that the State Department complies with the Leahy law. The Leahy Law prohibits U.S. military assistance to foreign military units that violate human rights with impunity.

  • October 5, 2012 15 church leaders petition Congress to Condition military aid to Israel on compliance with human rights (This petition was not initiated by AIME, but is similar to the Price petition. They are both what might be referred to as "Comply or Deny" initiatives. AIME strongly supports it and is following its progress.) [One noteworthy follow-up initiative that we are aware of is taking place in the Massachusetts 6th congressional district! Click here for more information and for documents used by the Massachusetts initiative.]

July 2013 Bipartisan (Price, etc) Letter Urging Renewed Efforts to Prevent a Nuclear-Armed Iran

Congressman Price has again co-authored a letter to President Obama that strongly emphasizes the critical role of robust diplomacy as a component of our strategy toward Iran, particularly in the wake of the recent election there. Like last year’s similar letter in advance of the then-upcoming P5+1 negotiations, he penned the letter with a Republican colleague, Congressman Charlie Dent (R-PA), to underscore that this is not, and should not be, a partisan issue.

October 23, 2013 AIME letter to Rep. David Price, Followup to August 23, 2013 Meeting with Rep. Price

The letter covers a variety of isssues discussed at the neeting: the "Waiver" bill, the ISraeli-Palestinian peace talks, the State Departments failure to address the questions raised in Price's letter (August 7, 2012), US diplomatic initatives with Iran, etc.

Correspondence between AIME and Rep. David Price Regarding HR 938 ("Waiver") Bill

December 18, 2013 AIME letter to Price regarding HR 938 ("Waiver") Bill

The Abrahamic Initiative on the Middle East (A.I.M.E.) recently was made aware of HR 938, the co-called “United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2013.”  We are writing to urge you to oppose passage of this bill in its current form. 

If HR 938 is enacted into law as originally introduced, it would allow Israel to benefit from the United States’ Visa Waiver program, under which designated countries’ citizens are allowed to enter the U.S. without obtaining visas.  Our concern is that this legislation does not require reciprocal treatment of all U.S. citizens seeking to enter Israel, regardless of race, religion or national origin. 

December 20, 2013 Rep. Price Response to AIME letter above