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TIP Applauds US Senate for Advancing Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act

- January 29, 2019

(WASHIGNTON, DC, January 28) – The Israel Project applauds the Senate’s advancing of the Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act – legislation that incorporates four bipartisan bills. This legislation includes a measure to empower state and local governments in the U.S. to counter the anti-Israel boycott campaign. It also bolsters the U.S.-Israel strategic alliance by authorizing vital security assistance to Israel over a 10-year period.

Responding to the Senate’s decision to advance the legislation, TIP CEO and President Josh Block issued the following statement:
“The Israel Project strongly supports all components of SF1. We applaud the strong bipartisan support this bill received and believe this underscores the deep relationship shared between the U.S. and Israel.

SF1 boosts security cooperation with Israel and Jordan—an important Arab ally. It also authorizes dramatic, and much needed, new financial sanctions against Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad’s murderous regime.

We applaud the Senate’s move to codify the 10-year Memorandum of Understanding that was signed between the U.S. and Israel in 2016. This MOU is vitally important to the national security of both nations and will serve to deepen the ties that bind us.

Lastly, it is imperative that we do not cease in the fight against the insidious and deeply anti-Semitic BDS movement. We applaud the Senate for taking important steps to empower state and local governments, including the 26 states that have anti-BDS laws, to counter the BDS movement’s economic warfare of discrimination.”

We look forward to swift passage by the full Senate.