I want to share some exciting news with you. We are proud to announce the official opening of the ACLJs new office in Jerusalem, Israel. As you know, we've already broadcasted radio and television programs from our new office in Jerusalem. You can view pictures of the Jerusalem office here.
As you also know, it is a critical time for us to be in the Middle East and to have such an important presence in Jerusalem.
Our Special Operations Unit is fully engaged on a wide range of legal, government affairs, religious liberty, and humanitarian issues. Our government affairs team has met with Israeli government leaders to discuss numerous issues, including our concern over the continued threat that Israeli military officers may face criminal charges in international courts due to their actions defending Israels national security. Our office is also working to defend persecuted Christians in places such as the Gaza Strip, Syria, and Pakistan.
Our staff is preparing for President Obamas upcoming trip to Cairo, Egypt and will work to strengthen the historic friendship and mutual commitment to peace and democracy shared by the United States and Israel. We are disappointed that the Obama administration decided to hold up Israels request to purchase six additional Apache Longbow attack helicopters to aid in its self-defense while, at the same time, the administration notified Congress of the possible sale of 12 Apache Longbow helicopters to Egypt. We are encouraged, however, by the decision of 76 United States Senators to join a letter urging the President to be mindful of the risks to Israel that any Middle East peace proposal would entail.
In addition, we will continue to oppose proposals to divide Jerusalem and to give control of the Temple Mount to the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC). Our Jerusalem office will also be involved in Regent Universitys summer program in Israel for law and government students.
We are grateful to all of our supporters who made the opening of our Jerusalem office possible.