On January 27, 2015, Iran Task Force Co-Chairman Amb. Eric Edelman and Task Force members John Hannah and Ray Takeyh testified before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs on the strategic implications of the of Administration's approach to negotiations with Iran. Click the video below to see footage of the hearing.
On Wednesday, January 21, JINSA's Gemunder Center for Defense and Strategy and United Against a Nuclear Iran (UANI) co-hosted a panel event on Capitol Hill to discuss the status of Iran-P5+1 negotiations over Iran's nuclear program, and options for the United States to increase the prospects of an acceptable final deal. The event featured the co-chair of the Gemunder Center's Iran Task Force Ambassador Dennis Ross, UANI President Dr. Gary Samore, and Gemunder Center Iran Task Force members John Hannah and Dr. Ray Takeyh.
Michael Makovsky of the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA), a pro-Israel group, observes that Abbas "feels weak domestically versus Hamas and compelled to bolster his hardline creds."
Congress can do a lot to improve the U.S.-Israel relationship and our joint security interests. “With Republicans in majority of Congress, new Iran sanctions legislation will finally be allowed to come to the floor, and will pass, though unclear if it will have enough Democrats in favor to provide a veto-proof majority,” says Mike Makovsky, CEO of the pro-Israel JINSA.
On December 8-9, JINSA national leaders had the rare opportunity to visit Stennis Space Center in Mississippi, the home of the Naval Small Craft Instruction and Technical Training School (NAVSCIATTS) and Special Boat Team 22, both important assets to the Navy SEALs.