AIPAC President Mort Fridman sent supporters an email, announcing: “Our work together just made a difference for Israel’s security and for its future.” He crowed that Congress passed legislation giving Israel almost $4 billion of US tax money, while taking away US aid to many Palestinian widows and orphans…
The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) email to supporters, March 23, 2018:
Below is the email’s text, with annotations:
Email subject header: Great News: Congress Just Passed Major Pro-Israel Legislation
Our work together just made a difference for Israel’s security and for its future.
[AIPAC is working on behalf of a foreign country. Yet, it eludes the Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938 (FARA), which it would be required to register as a foreign agent.]
Early this morning, the United States Congress passed major pro-Israel legislation as part of its Omnibus Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2018.
This legislation includes many critical initiatives that will bolster Israel’s security, including:
- $3.1 billion for U.S. security assistance to Israel, to help our ally defend herself and protect her citizens. [See this]
- $705.8 million for missile defense programs, representing $105 million more than last year’s funding level. [See this]
- $47.5 million for joint anti-tunneling technologies, a $5 million increase from last year. [More info on US aid to Israel]
The bill was also the vehicle for Congress to pass the Taylor Force Act , critical legislation that cuts funding to the Palestinian Authority if it continues paying terrorists or their families.
This is a major milestone after years of hard work to stop this horrendous practice perpetuated by Palestinian leadership. No longer will America tolerate rewards and incentives for terrorism. It must end once and for all.
[For facts on the Taylor Force Act go here.]
Finally, today’s omnibus bill includes several new funding programs for strategic cooperation, including for the establishment of a U.S.-Israel Center of Excellence in energy and water technologies.
We are grateful for the persistent efforts of leaders in Congress who championed these key bipartisan initiatives through the legislative process. Please click here to thank your members of Congress for supporting our ally Israel through today’s important vote.
[Americans who do not wish a special interest lobby to determine U.S. policies may wish to click this and send a different message to members of Congress.]
This month, I spoke at our Policy Conference about the promise of our movement, the passion of activists like you, and the possibilities for what we can achieve when standing united. Today is one great example.
I look forward to working with you in the years ahead to strengthen the U.S.-Israel relationship.
Mort Fridman, M.D.