Israel Allies Caucus
The Israel Allies Caucus is a caucus in the United States House of Representatives made up of members who strongly support Israel. It was formed on July 27, 2006 to affirm United States support for Israel amidst growing international pressure for Israel to implement an immediate and unreciprocated ceasefire during the Israel-Lebanon conflict. It is the only bipartisan Caucus in support of Israel in the U.S. House.
The caucus was modeled after its counterpart in the Knesset, the Christian Allies Caucus. The Congressional Israel Allies Caucus inspired the establishment of up to 31 pro-Israel Caucuses in Parliaments worldwide, coordinated by the Israel Allies Foundation (IAF). According to its website, the Israel Allies Foundation "works with Congress and parliaments around the world to mobilize political support for Israel based on Judeo-Christian values." Additionally, they support the Congressional Israel Allies Caucus in its leadership role within Congress and seeks to engage and interact interfaith leaders and organizations with this important body of lawmakers.
The countries listed by the website as members of the international body (IAF) are Brazil, European Union, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Paraguay, The Philippines, South Africa, Australia, Latvia, Switzerland, and Uruguay. The IAF's Declaration of Purpose resolves eight points, including that "Jerusalem is, and should be, the undivided capital of Israel and the Jewish People, and in recognition of this all the nations of the world should locate their embassies in Jerusalem" and that "the Iranian regime with its developing arsenal of weapons of mass destruction and its stated goal of destroying Israel constitutes a clear and present danger to the existence of the State of Israel that must be opposed."
The Israel Allies Foundation hosts regular events in Israel and around the world, including an annual celebration of Jerusalem Day on Capitol Hill and a Chairman's Conference held every year in Jerusalem bringing together Members and Chairmen of the Israel Allies Caucuses worldwide during Sukkot.
Current Caucus Co-Chairs
The Congressional Israel Allies Caucus is co-chaired by:
- . Israel Allies Foundation http://www.israelallies.org/usa/about/. Retrieved November 13, 2013. Missing or empty
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- "Declaration of Purpose and Solidarity With the People and State of Israel" (PDF). Israel Allies Foundation. Retrieved November 13, 2013.
- "Israel Allies Foundation Events". http://israelallies.org/usa/events/.
- Congressional Israel Allies Caucus Members
- Israel Allies Caucus Foundation Updates
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