Support for Israel

Western, liberal democracies are truly a rarity in the Middle East. That’s just one reason our ally Israel is special. In a region beset by conflict, tyranny, and barbarism, the Israeli people have carved out a remarkable oasis of civilization.

Our pledge to Israel: we stand shoulder to shoulder with Israel, fighting for its national security and defense against its enemies, regardless of who or where they are. We believe that Israel has the right to exist as a Jewish State in the Middle East with Jerusalem as its capital.

Israel is the United States' most reliable and only democratic ally in the region, and its security should be a paramount U.S. concern when dealing with the Middle East. The US- Israel alliance is rooted in the shared values between the two nations.

Through our powerful network of chapters and hundreds of thousands of members, ACT for America works to educate and inform elected officials and the public at large about the threats that the U.S. and Israel face together.

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ACT for America has helped pass the following state bills to help support Israel:


  • This bill promotes Anti-Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) of American Allies, which includes Israel.

    This bill is common-sense legislation. This bill seeks to stop purchasing and commerce restrictions aimed at our allies, such as Israel and any member of NATO. This bill will outlaw the boycotting of any allied nation of the United States.

    It will outlaw any persons and corporations from participating in or encouraging others in any activity resulting in the abstaining from commercial, social or political relations of the affected ally. This would also apply to U.S. companies based in allied nations or in territories controlled by allied nations with intent to penalize that nation or product.

    State Year Bill #
    Alabama 2016 SB 81
    Arizona 2016 HB 2617
    Arkansas 2017 SB 513
    California 2016 AB 2844
    Colorado 2016 HB 16-1284
    Florida 2016 SB 86/HB 527
    Georgia 2016 SB 327
    Illinois 2015 SB 1761
    Indiana 2016 HB 1378
    Iowa 2016 HF 2331
    Michigan 2016 HB 5822
    New Jersey 2016 A925
    Ohio 2016 HB 476
    Pennsylvania 2016 HB 2107
    Rhode Island 2016 H7736
    South Carolina 2015 H 3583
    Texas 2017 HB 89
  • The Iranian Divestment Bill, which is designed to stop any investment into the terror state, given the illicit nuclear activities of the Government of Iran, combined with its development of unconventional weapons and ballistic missiles, and its support of international terrorism which represent a serious threat to the security of the United States, Israel and other allies of the United States in Europe, the Middle East and around the world.

    State Year Bill No.
    Arizona 2008 HB 2151
    California 2007 AB 221
    Connecticut 2011 SB 881
    Florida 2007 SB 2142 C1
    Georgia 2008 SB 451
    Indiana 2009 SB 231
    Iowa 2011 HF 484
    Maryland 2008 SB 214
    Michigan 2008 PA 232/233
    Minnesota 2009 HF 111
    Mississippi 2015 HB 1127
    Nevada 2009 AB 493
    New Jersey 2008 S 1304
    Rhode Island 2013 S 521
    South Dakota 2010 SB 134
    Texas 2017 SB 252
    Utah 2011 DB 112

ACT for America has helped pass the following federal bills to help support Israel:


  • H.R. 825         The United States-Israel Trade and Commercial Enhancement Act                 

    Rep. Peter Roskam (IL-6)

    (PROVISIONS OF THIS BILL WERE UNANIMOUSLY ADOPTED INTO BOTH THE HOUSE AND SENATE VERSIONS OF THE TRADE PROMOTION AUTHORITY – TPA – LEGISLATION. THE TPA WAS SIGNED INTO LAW BY PRESIDENT OBAMA ON JUNE 29, 2015.)

    REP. ROSKAM PUBLICLY THANKED ACT FOR AMERICA FOR ITS HELP GETTING THIS LANGUAGE PASSED IN A PRESS RELEASE ISSUED ON JUNE 29, 2015. SEE HERE: https://roskam.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/roskam-anti-bds-provisions-signed-into-law-0)

    Summary:      The bill states that among the principal U.S. trade negotiating objectives for trade agreements with foreign countries regarding commercial partnerships are to: (1) discourage actions by potential trading partners that discourage commercial activity solely between the U.S. and Israel; (2) discourage politically motivated actions to boycott, divest from, or sanction Israel and to seek the elimination of politically motivated non-tariff barriers on Israel commerce; and (3) seek the elimination of state-sponsored unsanctioned foreign boycotts against Israel or compliance with the Arab League Boycott of Israel.

  • H.R. 850         Nuclear Iran Prevention Act of 2013

    Rep. Ed Royce (CA-39)

    (PASSED HOUSE - 7/31/13)

    Text of Bill: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-113hr850rfs/pdf/BILLS-113hr850rfs.pdf                                                                                                                                                              

    Summary:      Requires the Secretary of State to determine if Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) meets the criteria for designation as a foreign terrorist organization and: (1) if so, designate the IRGC as a foreign terrorist organization; and (2) if not, report to Congress concerning those criteria which have not been met. Expresses the sense of Congress regarding the imposition of sanctions on certain Iranian government persons responsible for, or complicit in, human rights abuses, diversion of food and medicine, and censorship…(see more at thomas.loc.gov).

  • H.R. 1905       The “Iran Threat Reduction Act”                                     

                            Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL)

    (PASSED IN HOUSE & SENATE; SIGNED BY PRESIDENT; PUBLIC LAW #112-158 ON 08/10/12)

    Text of Bill: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-112hr1905enr/pdf/BILLS-112hr1905enr.pdf

    Summary:  To strengthen Iran sanctions laws for the purpose of compelling Iran to abandon its pursuit of nuclear weapons and other threatening activities, and for other purposes.