September 21, 2018
Congress to vote on new Hezbollah sanctions
leader Hassan Nasrallah boasted
in a televised speech this week that the Iran-backed
terrorist organization has "highly accurate" missiles that pose
a threat to Israel in future wars.
impact of U.S. sanctions on Iran
continues to work with the administration and Congress to
maximize effective economic, political and diplomatic
pressure on Iran. AIPAC remains focused on preventing Iran from acquiring
a nuclear weapons capability, confronting Iran’s regional aggression,
and strongly support regional allies.
British Airways and Air France will
stop flights to Tehran this month. British Airways made
the decision noting that “the operation is currently not commercially
viable” and Air France cited “the line’s weak performance.
Germany’s BASF—the world’s largest chemical
this week to comply with all U.S. sanctions on Iran.
Siemens’ CEO announced
in May that his company would not accept any new deals
with Iran. In late August, Siemens significantly reduced its activity in
Iran “to bring business activities in Iran in line with the changing
multilateral situations” and stated its intention to comply with U.S.
round of U.S. sanctions will
take effect on Nov. 4. I encourage you to read this New
York Times piece about
the effectiveness of sanctions. Here are two notable excerpts:
has made significant progress advancing four important
2. The STOP
Using Human Shields Act of 2018 is advancing in
Congress and will be considered by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee
next week. This bipartisan bill mandates sanctions against members of
Hamas and Hezbollah that are responsible for the use of human shields.
3. The Israel
Anti-Boycott Act, which we lobbied for at Policy
Conference 2018, would protect American companies by expanding existing
U.S. anti-boycott laws to cover international governmental organizations
like the U.N. that promote boycotts of allies like Israel.
4. The Combating
BDS Act of 2017 would authorize state and local
governments to restrict business with entities that promote BDS targeting