Near East Report - November 13, 2011

Near East Report
November 13, 2011 PDF DOWNLOAD PRINT VERSION OF NER www.aipac.org/ner
Slideshow photo AIPAC’s annual National Summit, held October 30-31, featured leading American and Israeli policy makers, members of Congress, top political pundits and Middle East experts. View a slideshow to learn more about this event.
In This Issue
Confirmed: Iran Developing Nuclear Weapons
The 2011 Syrian Uprising: An Interview with Andrew Tabler
AIPAC Holds National Summit in Arizona
House Panel Moves New Iran Sanctions Forward
In Memoriam: Marla Gilson
Editorial: Abbas Must Stop Politicizing the United Nations

Confirmed: Iran Developing
Nuclear Weapons

Any doubts that Iran has been working to build a nuclear weapon have been put to rest by a new International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report released this week. The long-awaited report details a series of tests, acquisition of materials, and technology that suggests Tehran has long been working to produce a nuclear weapon. READ MORE
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The 2011 Syrian Uprising: An Interview with Andrew Tabler

The turmoil gripping Syria since March shows no signs of abating, as President Assad continues his brutal crackdown despite international condemnation and increasing internal pressure. To gain insight into the situation, Near East Report interviewed Andrew Tabler of The Washington Institute for Near East Policy. READ MORE
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AIPAC Holds National Summit in Arizona

More than 1,000 AIPAC members from across the United States gathered in Scottsdale, Arizona on October 30-31, for the 2011 AIPAC National Summit. The Summit featured leading American and Israeli policy makers, members of Congress, diplomats, renowned political analysts and Middle East experts.
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House Panel Moves New Iran
Sanctions Forward

The House Foreign Affairs Committee recently approved by voice vote two pieces of legislation designed to tighten sanctions on Iran over its illicit nuclear program. This legislation would also codify for the first time that it is U.S. policy to prevent Iran from acquiring or developing nuclear weapons.
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In Memoriam: Marla Gilson

AIPAC and the Jewish community lost a tireless fighter, a dedicated professional and an incredible human being with the death of Marla Gilson on October 29. Marla began her career in the Jewish organizational world at AIPAC in 1979, where she worked as a lobbyist and director of community relations.
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Editorial: Abbas Must Stop Politicizing the United Nations

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is continuing to defy the United States by pursuing membership in the United Nations and its various agencies. Congress and the administration must remain committed to cutting support for bodies that allow the Palestinians to politicize the international system and circumvent the peace process. READ MORE

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