USIEA is one of the few organizations that takes US congressional leaders into Judea and Samaria and introduces them to the demographic realities and security issues Israel faces.
IRON DOME MISSILE DEFENSE
USIEA took the first members of Congress to view Israel’s Iron Dome Missile Defense System and then worked with them on efforts that contributed to more than tripling of the Congressional budget to Iron Dome from $230 million to $960 million. USIEA also regularly takes them to visit strategic border sites such as the Golan Heights and helps them understand Israel’s defense issues and strategies.
PALESTINIAN TERROR INCITEMENT
USIEA helped Congress understand the systemic problem with Palestinian Incitement to terror through their educational programs that influenced slashing of the Congressional budget from $370 million to $290 million. USIEA also facilitated educational briefings that brought about the passage of the Palestinian Accountability Act that prohibits any U.S. government document from referring to any region under Palestinian Authority control as “Palestine” until the Palestinian Authority meets standards that include:
- Recognizing Israel’s right to exist
- Ending corruption
- Dismantling terrorist infrastructure
- Ending incitement to violence in PA media
- Excluding Hamas from participating in a unity government
BOYCOTT DIVESTMENT SANCTIONS
Following the 2012 USIEA Congressional Tour, Rep. Ted Poe chaired successful hearing on Boycott Divestment Sanctions (BDS). The House Foreign Affairs Committee has since unanimously approved the Israel Anti-Boycott Act, which shields Israel and Israeli businesses by criminally penalizing U.S. citizens seeking to participate in international boycotts against them, clearing the legislation for a full vote on the House floor.
USIEA took congressional leaders to visit successfully integrated Jewish and Palestinian businesses and introduced them to key members of the Judea Samaria Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Then USIEA hosted a private luncheon with U.S. Ambassador David Friedman where Jewish and Palestinian business leaders shared about their joint business ventures and the impact of their success on the economic prosperity of the West Bank (Judea and Samaria). These leaders have requested U.S. assistance to accelerate these efforts as a way to bring normalization of Israeli and Palestinian relations and economic prosperity to both groups in this region.