The US Campaign to End the Occupation played a role in waiver
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.
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.
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.
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.
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