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United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012 signed by President Obama July 27, 2012
To enhance strategic cooperation between the United States and Israel, and for
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of
the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ‘‘United States-Israel Enhanced
Security Cooperation Act of 2012’’.
SEC. 2. FINDINGS.
Congress makes the following findings:
(1) Since 1948, United States Presidents and both houses
of Congress, on a bipartisan basis and supported by the American people, have repeatedly reaffirmed the special bond
between the United States and Israel, based on shared values
and shared interests.
(2) The Middle East is undergoing rapid change, bringing
with it hope for an expansion of democracy but also great
challenges to the national security of the United States and
our allies in the region, particularly to our most important
ally in the region, Israel.
(3) The Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran is
continuing its decades-long pattern of seeking to foment instability and promote extremism in the Middle East, particularly
in this time of dramatic political transition.
(4) At the same time, the Government of the Islamic
Republic of Iran continues to enrich uranium in defiance of
multiple United Nations Security Council resolutions.
(5) A nuclear-weapons capable Iran would fundamentally
threaten vital United States interests, encourage regional
nuclear proliferation, further empower Iran, the world’s leading
state sponsor of terror, and pose a serious and destabilizing
threat to Israel and the region.
(6) Over the past several years, with the assistance of
the Governments of the Islamic Republic of Iran and Syria,
Hizbollah and Hamas have increased their stockpile of rockets,
with more than 60,000 now ready to be fired at Israel. The
Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran continues to add
to its arsenal of ballistic missiles and cruise missiles, which
threaten Iran’s neighbors, Israel, and United States Armed
Forces in the region.
(7) As a result, Israel is facing a fundamentally altered
(8) Pursuant to chapter 5 of title 1 of the Emergency
Wartime Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2003 (Public Law
108–11; 117 Stat. 576), the authority to make available loan
guarantees to Israel is currently set to expire on September
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