APN Legislative Round-Up: July 9-20, 2016

1. JCPOA Bday Week: Iran-Focused Bills Passed by the House
2. JCPOA Bday Week: New Iran-Focused Bills & Resolutions
3. JCPOA Bday Week: Action on Existing Iran-Focused Bills & Resolutions
4. JCPOA Bday Week: Iran-Focused Letters
5. Other Bills, Resolutions & Letters (Not Focused Solely on Iran)
6. Hearings (more Iran here, too!
7. On the Record: Slamming the JCPOA, Supporting Iran bills, etc
8. On the Record: Defending the JCPOA, Opposing Iran bills, etc
9. On the Record: About Everything Other Than Iran

As expected, last week – which marked the one-year anniversary of the Iran nuclear deal, known as the JCPOA – was for Iran deal opponents in Congress an opportunity for unremitting grandstanding, including with the introduction, promotion, and passage of various pieces of legislation designed to undermine or effectively cancel the agreement (see Washington Post 7/11: House GOP to tackle new Iran sanctions before leaving town). Those efforts were also unapologetically and overtly partisan (see Foreign Policy 7/12: House Dems Rebel Against GOP’s Iran Sanctions Push). For its part (and probably reflecting this partisan problem), AIPAC appears for now to be keeping its powder dry: it sent a memo to the Hill last week (Taking Stock: The Iran Deal One Year Later) acknowledging that the JCPOA has worked in reducing the threat of Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon and calling on Congress to take a range of actions to get tougher on Iran (a list well worth keeping around for future reference); however, as of this writing the AIPAC “legislative agenda” page does not endorse any of the pending Iran-related measures.

Also: APN on the JCPOA at One Year: A Clear Win for Both the U.S. & Israel; APN resources on the anniversary of the JCPOA are here.

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APN on the JCPOA at One Year: A Clear Win for Both the U.S. & Israel

Secretary_Kerry_greets_Iranian_Foreign_Minister_Zarif474x531This week, on the first anniversary of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Americans for Peace Now (APN) celebrated the achievement of this historic deal – a deal that has already proven itself by radically rolling back and limiting Iran’s nuclear program. 

APN President and CEO Debra DeLee commented:

“We reiterate today our thanks and congratulations to President Obama and his P5+1 partners – France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Russia, and China – on this historic agreement and its ongoing implementation. A year on, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) has proven itself a clear win for the American people, for U.S. leadership, for U.S. national security and, we believe, for Israel. Already this agreement has dramatically and verifiably rolled back Iran’s nuclear program, stringently limited Iran’s ongoing and future nuclear activities, and taken off the table what pre-JCPOA was the looming threat of Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon in the foreseeable future.  The implementation of the JCPOA also ensures that, where in the past the U.S. and international community had very limited means to monitor Iran’s activities, today, should Iran decide to break the terms of the deal and try to ‘sneak out’ to a nuclear weapon, there is a far greater chance such an effort would be detected and the U.S. and its allies would be in a far stronger position to respond effectively.

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Recommended Reading on the JCPOA - 1-year Anniversary

Secretary_Kerry_greets_Iranian_Foreign_Minister_Zarif474x531War is Boring 7/15 (Joe Cirincione & Geoff Wilson): The Cavalier Crusade for a War With Iran

Politico 7/15: Inside the Plan to Undo the Iran Nuclear Deal

7/14: Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU on the one year anniversary of the JCPOA

Al-Monitor (AC’s Barbara Slavin) 7/14: Channel to monitor Iranian procurement awaits real test

The Hill 7/14 (Tom Collina of Ploughshares) 7/14: The Iran deal is working. Don’t mess with success.

Center for a New American Security (CNAS) 7/14: The JCPOA with Iran, One Year Later

Think Progress 7/14: One Year Later, Ordinary Iranians Aren’t Seeing The Benefits Of The Iran Deal

HuffPo 7/14 (Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-IL): Let’s Celebrate The One-Year Anniversary Of The Iran Deal Instead Of Undermining Its Progress

HuffPo 7/14 (former Rep. John Tierney): The Iran Deal: One Year Later, The Facts Point To Success

Vox 7/14: It's been a year since the Iran deal was signed. So far, it’s worked.

Politico 7/14: Kerry: Iran nuclear deal has 'made the world safer'

New Yorker 7/14: Will the Iran Nuclear Deal Survive? (Robin Wright)

AP 7/14: Obama marks anniversary of nuke deal; GOP aims to undermine

CNN 7/14: Iran nuclear deal one year out: The good, bad, and ugly

CNN 7/14: Iran nuclear deal at anniversary not the rallying cry GOP sought

Reuters 7/14 (Commentary): A year after nuclear deal, sanctions still hurt Iran

Breitbart.com 7/14: John Bolton: Obama’s Iran Deal Was ‘Diplomatic Waterloo for the United States’

Al-Monitor 7/14: Iran takes page from US Treasury’s playbook

LA Times 7/14: One year later, White House claims success in Iran nuclear deal

J St Blog - Uzi Eilam 7/14: I ran Israel's Atomic Energy Commission. I know the Iran deal is working.

WINEP 7/13 (Olivier Decottignies): Europe and the JCPOA

Trend 7/13: Iran says nuclear deal upheld so far

Jerusalem Post 7/13: Iran deal opponents play a long game, hoping for toughness from Clinton

The National Interest 7/13: Why America Needs an Interests Section in Iran

New York Times 7/13: Iran Sticks to Terms of Nuclear Deal, but Defies the U.S. in Other Ways

Washington Post 7/13: Corker has a new Iran sanctions bill, but more bipartisan support may be hard to come by

JTA 7/13: Possible Clinton VP choice, an ex-NATO chief, slammed Iran deal and has close Israel ties

The Atlantic Council 7/12: A Year On, Iran Nuclear Deal is Working, but Challenged (Barbara Slavin)

LobeLog 7/12: Anniversary of Iran Nuclear Deal: Neocons Still Anti-Diplomacy

Politico 7/11: Politicians, diplomats pen letter urging stronger ties with Iran (letter is here, signed by 75 national security leaders)

+972 (Shmuel Meir) 7/9: One year on: The Iran deal has fulfilled its promise

APN Legislative Round-Up: July 8, 2016

1. Bills, Resolutions & Letters
2. Hearings
3. On the Record

NOTE: July 14 will mark the one-year anniversary of the JCPOA. It is likely no coincidence that this week and next week, Iran is a big topic of discussion and grandstanding around Iran.

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APN’s Proud Record on BDS

As an organization dedicated to peace and security for Israel – and committed to the belief that Israel has a right to exist and that its legitimacy as a state is beyond question – APN has wrestled with the challenge posed by the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement (BDS). We have studied both the BDS movement and the efforts to combat it. We have listened closely to arguments and narratives of BDS proponents and detractors. And while APN firmly opposes BDS targeting Israel, we have concluded that many anti-BDS efforts are misguided and counter-productive.

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Resources on the Question of Constitutionality & anti-BDS/pro-settlements laws

 

On June 7, 2016, APN published its own "explainer" laying out in detail the reasons why the anti-BDS/pro-settlements Executive Order signed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is unconstitutional. You can find that explainer - which applies in all or in parts to anti-BDS/pro-settlements legislation being pushed and adopted in states across the U.S. -- here.

APN is by no means alone in its conclusion that this E.O., and similar legislation, is unconstitutional. For analysis/opinions from other groups, including major civil liberties organizations, see below.

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APN Legislative Round-Up: June 18 - July 1, 2016

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APN Legislative Round-Up: June 17, 2016

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APN sent the following written testimony to the platform drafting committees of the Republican and Democratic parties for consideration as they draft the portion of their platforms that addresses Israel and the Middle East:  

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The ongoing disagreement between Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and the Obama Administration over the terms of a new 10-year Memorandum of Understanding -- expected to commit the U.S. to annual financial assistance to Israel that will be far greater than that of the current MOU ($3.1 billion annually) -- is in the news this week, as Netanyahu and friends in Congress play hardball over demands for significantly increased funding for Israeli missile defense (over and above the funding in the current MOU).

Below are two articles from the Hebrew-language Israeli press, offering views that are somewhat different from those seen in English-language reports. [Translations by Israel News Today.]

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