The 2013 AIPAC Policy Conference was one for the record books, as thousands of AIPAC activists from all 50 states ascended Capitol Hill to meet with all 100 senators and every House member for the first time in Policy Conference history.
First and foremost, AIPAC supporters spoke to their representatives about preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapons capability. In the Senate, members have introduced a resolution (S. Res. 65) declaring that the United States will stand by Israel should it feel compelled to take military action in its own defense against Iran. In the House, members have introduced the Nuclear Iran Prevention Act (H.R. 850), which authorizes the president to impose sanctions on any entity that maintains significant commercial ties to Iran.
AIPAC members urged their House and Senate members to support both measures in order to send a strong message that the United States will act to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. While in their Capitol Hill meetings, AIPAC activists also asked their representatives to strengthen U.S.-Israel strategic cooperation by officially designating Israel as a "major strategic partner." Such a designation will help the two nations maximize the benefits of their alliance.
Finally, AIPAC activists urged their lawmakers to support the full $3.1 billion in security assistance to Israel that the U.S. committed to for fiscal years 2013 and 2014, as well as the $211 million in additional funding for the Iron Dome.