Despite predictions that the JCPOA would moderate Iran, Tehran has increased its violations of international law, acts of military & terroristic aggression, destabilized (and here) and ignited an arms race in the Middle East. It plans to boost its weaponry. Things continue to get worse, with Iran not even in compliance with the deal.
Known or Possible Iranian Violations of the JCPOA
• Prior to the deal, Iran refused to cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) investigating its Possible Military Dimensions (PMD). Iran only enabled the IAEA to draw partial conclusions on 2 of the 12 elements. In 5 cases, the IAEA noted that PMD occurred despite Iran’s claims.
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The Iraqi government was created by a new constitution in 2005, after the fall of Saddam Hussein. The government is led by a Kurdish President, currently Fuad Masum, a Shia Prime Minister, currently Haider Abadi, and a Sunni Arab Vice President, currently, Khodair Khozaei. The Prime Minister is the dominant leader. The population of Iraq is estimated to be 38 million, with two official languages, Arabic and Kurdish. Currently, the once powerful Islamic State (IS) Caliphate (both in Iraq and Syria) is in decline. The Kurdish areas in the north are considering secession from Iraq. The central government, as well as Iran and Turkey, all vociferously opposed Kurdish independence. The Iraqi army engaged with the Kurds over Kirkuk, with Iran and the PMF’s supportive of Iraqi forces. The Kurdish authorities retreated and are now only in the official Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) areas. Public officials in the U.S. have also opposed independence and threatened aid. The Sunni majority areas are in the west, and are where the IS is strongest.
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March 8, 2017
I am writing to you on behalf of the Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET) regarding the United State Senate’s consideration of David Friedman to be the U.S. Ambassador to Israel.
EMET is an unabashedly pro-American and pro-Israel think tank in Washington, DC, committed to ensuring the national security of the United States, and our sole democratic ally in the Middle East, Israel.
Mr. Friedman had unequivocally stated at his confirmation hearings that he plans to represent President Trump, and President Trump would like some sort of a negotiated peace between the Palestinians and the Israelis. We have every confidence that just as an attorney represents his clients wishes, Mr. Friedman will represent the goals of President Trump. …Read More →
Please Call Your Senators and Congressman and Ask Them to Support the Nomination of David Friedman as America’s Ambassador to Israel and to Express Your Profound Disappointment Over UNSC Resolution 2334
For far too long, the State Department and our Ambassadors to Israel, while pretending to be “honest brokers” have had a decidedly anti-Israel and pro-Palestinian bias, totally ignoring the one condition that has ever been placed on the Palestinians: to stop the incitement to violence and murder. This has culminated in a culture that deifies the “shahid,” the martyr, the suicide bomber and knife stabber, and demonizes the Israeli and the Jew. It has also culminated in the decidedly anti-Israel resolution in the United Nations Security Council, Resolution 2334, which condemns Israel for “illegally” building in land which Israel was forced to occupy in its defensive war of 1967, including East Jerusalem, where the holiest site in Judaism, our Western Wall, sits. This resolution will only serve to reinforce the violence that is already rampant within the Palestinian Authority (PA), and indicates to PA that they can literally get away with murder. This sort of unilateral action at the U.N. and Palestinian reliance on the international community has enabled the Palestinians to bypass direct, face-to face negotiations with the Israelis, whom, at the end of the day, the Palestinians have to live with. This is something that President Obama himself has stated in February of 2011, when he had then vetoed a similar Security Council resolution. Rather than doing the difficult work of building trust with the Israelis, the Palestinians have chosen to litigate against the Israelis in the court of international public opinion, and have resorted to a bloody campaign of violence, and then expect statehood to be handed to them, gratis.
For the last several years, American ambassadors to Israel have exemplified this profound bias against Israel, and it has not gotten us any closer to the goal of peace between the Palestinians and Israelis. It is therefore refreshing that President-Elect Donald Trump has selected an Ambassador to Israel, Mr. David Friedman, who does not share the same biases that are so rampant within the State Department. At a time when the entire world is being plagued by the scourge of radical Islamic terrorism, it is important that we finally have an ambassador to Israel that understands the moral distinction between building an apartment in a suburb of Jerusalem and the wanton murder of innocent civilians.
The United Nations Security Council is scheduled to vote on an anti-settlement resolution TODAY at 3:00 p.m.
The resolution would call for the following:
– Israel “immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem”
– “All Israeli settlement activities in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including east Jerusalem, are illegal under international law and constitute a major obstacle to the achievement of peace on the basis of the two-state solution.”
– Continuing settlement activities “are dangerously imperiling the viability of the two-state solution based on the 1967 borders [sic],”
– The construction of Jewish communities in Judea, Samaria and eastern Jerusalem has “no legal validity and constitutes a flagrant violation under international law and a major obstacle to the achievement of the two-state solution and a just, lasting and comprehensive peace.”
– “Stresses that the cessation of all Israeli settlement activities is essential for salvaging the two-state solution.”
This language is carefully worded to purport to preserve the two-state solution; however, it is extremely problematic for Israel going forward in that it would give credence to the BDS movement and find settlements “illegal” as a matter of international law, which has dramatic implications too numerous to describe. It also would unilaterally determine one of the express items that was to be bilaterally negotiated solely by Israel and the Palestinians. Thus, it would change long-standing US policy if the Obama Administration failed to veto this UNSC resolution.
Action Alert: Call Your Congressmen TODAY to Ask That the Administration Does Not Accept the “State of Palestine” as a Sovereign State
On March 17, 2016, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) welcomed the “State of Palestine.” There are two US statutes on the books that prohibit the disbursement of US taxpayer funds to entities or organizations affiliated with the United Nations that recognize a “State of Palestine.”
Last year, the President had committed $3 billion to the Green Climate Fund, which is an operating entity of the UNFCCC. On March 7th of this year, the Administration made the initial installment to this fund of $500 million, without Congressional approval, and despite the fact that this contravenes two statutes of US law.
These sorts of actions by UN organizations incrementally bestow the veneer of statehood within the international community to the Palestinians, while circumventing longstanding US policy that statehood between the Palestinians and the Israelis could only be achieved through direct negotiations between the two parties. These actions also allow the Palestinians to proceed as though they are a state without having to live up to any of the commitments they have made since September of 1993, particularly to stop the incitement to hate and to kill Israelis.
On April 18, 2016, 28 Senators led by Senator Barrasso sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry requesting that no US funds be distributed to UNFCCC or its related entities as it violates US law. The letter also calls on the Administration to clarify that it does not consider the “State of Palestine” to be a sovereign state, and diligently work to prevent the Palestinians from being recognized as a sovereign state to join UN affiliated organizations.
Now, Rep. Bill Posey of Florida and Rep. Doug Lamborn of Colorado are circulating a similar letter in the House.
Call your Congressmen TODAY and ask them to sign onto Rep. Posey’s and Rep. Lamborn’s letter. The letter calls on the Administration to follow the law and stop the distribution of US taxpayer dollars to UNFCCC and its operating entities. The U.S. cannot agree to Palestinian efforts to circumvent direct negotiations with Israel, and must not support their illegitimate claims of statehood by entering into UN affiliated organizations.
The Capitol Hill Switchboard number: 202.224.3121. You may also find your Congressmen by zip code here. Every phone call makes a difference.Read More →
Soon, the New York State Assembly will be voting on A-9036, a piece of legislation that will prohibit New York State agencies from conducting business with entities that boycott American allies, such as Israel. Its companion bill, S6378A, has already passed the NY State Senate and is on the way to becoming law. A9036, which has broad bi-partisan support, will work against the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel and ensures that New Yorkers are free to continue to conduct business with our ally abroad.
Existing law already prohibits New York from participating in international boycotts against American allies. This new bill takes it one step further, prohibiting the state from “engag[ing] in any activity, or to promot[ing] or encourage[ing] others to engage in any activity, that will result in any person abstaining from commercial, social or political relations, with any allied nation, or companies based in an allied nation or in territories controlled by an allied nation, with the intent to penalize, inflict, or cause harm to, or otherwise promote or cast disrepute upon, such allied nation, its people or its commercial products.”
Please contact your Assembly Member today and let them know how important it is for them to pass this anti-BDS measure. This is a crucial piece of legislation, and will ensure that the close ties between New York and Israel remain intact. Your voice matters, so please let your voice be heard. Contact your Assembly Member today.
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ACTION ALERT: Call Your Senators now to ensure fair treatment of Israeli goods and rescind invidious labeling requirements by the Obama Administration
Senator Tom Cotton (R-AZ) introduced a bill, S. 2474, to rescind the Obama administration’s policy directive made on January 23rd requiring the US Customs and Border Protection Agency to label Israeli goods produced in Judea and Samaria and the Gaza Strip. …Read More →