Both houses of Russia's parliament ratified the START nuclear arms reduction treaty. The upper house Federation Council ratified the treaty on Wednesday, a day after the Duma, the lower house. The U.S. Senate ratified the treaty in December, overcoming resistance from a faction within the Republican Party that said its terms were too loosely defined.
The U.S. Senate advanced a nuclear arms reduction treaty with Russia that has been backed by a number of Jewish groups.
A specter has been haunting Washington, D.C. — a Cold War-era ghost known as the START treaty.
AIPAC is in agony. It desperately wants to support the U.S.-Russia START treaty aimed at limiting nuclear warheads because the treaty would greatly advance Israel’s security.
Top Jewish Democratic senators are pressing AIPAC to back the new START arms reduction treaty with Russia. Four Jewish groups already back Senate ratification of the treaty as a means of cajoling Russia into isolating Iran. Another has suggested that it could prove helpful, and one group opposes it. The American Israel Public Affairs Committee rarely backs such initiatives publicly, but what's been notable in this case is that it has not taken a position behind the scenes either.