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JINSA Celebrates 40 Years

JINSA's 34th Annual Awards Dinner took place on November 29, 2016 in Washington, DC. We presented the Henry M. “Scoop” Jackson Distinguished Service Award to Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR), Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12), and Congressman Juan Vargas (CA-51). The same evening, we presented the 2016 Grateful Nation Award to six young warriors recognized for having distinguished themselves through superior conduct and exceptional service.

Prime Minister Netanyahu Commemorates JINSA's 40th Anniversary

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu marked JINSA's 40th anniversary with a letter to the organization and the 2016 Henry M. "Scoop" Jackson Award honorees.

Statement on General James Mattis, USMC (ret.)

We are pleased with the array of highly qualified candidates that President-elect Donald Trump is reportedly considering for Secretary of Defense. The Jewish Institute for National Security of America (JINSA) does not and will not endorse any candidate for this or any other government position. However, we feel compelled to convey that characterizations of one candidate, General James N. Mattis, USMC (ret.), as anti-Israel are ill-founded and unfair.

Israel's Active Defenses: Tactical Success with Strategic Implications

Gemunder Center Distinguished Fellow IDF Maj. Gen. (ret.) Yaakov Amidror writes that today Israel's main threat comes from thousands of rockets and missiles in the hands primarily of Hezbollah, Hamas and their patron Iran. Israel's development of missile defenses to counter this threat is a technological triumph, but also creates a set of strategic dilemmas.

New Report - The Iran Nuclear Deal After One Year: Assessment and Options for the Next President

Iran’s nuclear weapons program and sway in the Middle East will continue to grow, while U.S. deterrence and influence will diminish and the risks of conflict will mount. The United States urgently needs a new approach to restore its credibility, bolster regional stability and ensure Iran cannot advance its nuclear program.

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JINSA Gemunder Center Iran Task Force Chair Amb. Eric Edelman Senate Banking Committee Subcommittee on National Security and International Trade and Finance on September 21, 2016. The hearing was held to examine the terrorism financing risks of America's $1.7 billion cash payments to Iran.

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is stepping up its harassment of U.S. forces in the Persian Gulf. In the past few weeks, U.S. ships had to swerve and fire warning shots on separate occasions to avoid colliding with oncoming Iranian ships. The U.S. Navy recorded 31 such instances of "unsafe and/or unprofessional interactions" by Iran in the first half of this year, compared to 23 in all of 2015. The increase corresponds to the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on Iran’s nuclear program in January, but this is not just a game of chicken to test U.S. resolve in the wake of the deal.

JINSA's Gemunder Center Iran Task Force released it's latest report - The Iran Nuclear Deal After One Year: Assessment and Options for the Next President - in an event co-hosted by United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) on July 12 featuring Chairman Ed Royce, Representative Juan Vargas, and a panel with Senator Joseph I. Lieberman, Aaron David Miller, and Ray Takeyh.

Gemunder Center Iran Task Force Chair Eric Edelman, JINSA President and CEO Michael Makovsky, and Gemunder Center Associate Director Jonathan Ruhe write in USA Today that the year since the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on Iran’s nuclear program was announced has been a strategic windfall for Iran and a disaster for the United States. Many of the deal’s shortcomings were glaring from the beginning, yet they have been magnified by serial and gratuitous U.S. concessions to unilateral Iranian demands.

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