Near East Report - April 24, 2012

Near East Report
April 24, 2012 PDF DOWNLOAD PRINT VERSION OF NER www.aipac.org/ner
Slideshow photo In recent months, pundits have argued that the terrorist group Hamas is seeking to become a more moderate political presence. Statements from the organization’s leaders, however, belie this claim. View a slideshow to learn more about Hamas’ views on Israel and the use of violence.
In This Issue
The Continued Threat from the Sinai
Taking Stock of the Middle East: An Interview with Robert Danin
A New Era in Israel-Cyprus Relations
Student Leaders Across America Oppose Nuclear Iran
Editorial: A Nuclear Iran Threatens America

The Continued Threat from the Sinai

One far-reaching and troublesome development in Egypt since the fall of Hosni Mubarak last year is the increasing lawlessness in the Sinai Peninsula. The area has become the scene of violent clashes, abductions of foreign nationals and rampant arms smuggling. Earlier this month, a Grad rocket fired from the Sinai landed in the Israeli city of Eilat. READ MORE
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Taking Stock of the Middle East:
An Interview with Robert Danin

Events in the Mideast continue to dominate headlines, from the horrific violence in Syria to Egypt’s tumultuous political transition. At the same time, the Israeli-Palestinian peace process remains at an impasse. To discuss the current state of affairs in the region, Near East Report interviewed Robert Danin of the Council on Foreign Relations. READ MORE
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A New Era in Israel-Cyprus Relations

Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to Cyprus in mid-February, the first ever by an Israeli prime minister, marked a new era in relations between the two countries. Following the discovery of huge gas reserves in their adjoining territorial waters, Israel and Cyprus have begun pursuing joint energy projects and exploring further avenues for cooperation. READ MORE
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Student Leaders Across America Oppose Nuclear Iran

Student Government Association presidents at 122 colleges and universities across the United States have declared their opposition to Iran’s quest for a nuclear weapons capability in an unprecedented national leadership statement. READ MORE
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Editors:
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Jeremy Rider
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Editorial: A Nuclear Iran Threatens America

A nuclear-capable Iran would be a grave threat to American national security. Backed by an atomic bomb, the Islamic Republic would have unprecedented leverage over our economy, enable terrorist groups to act with impunity around the world, and endanger America’s position of leadership in the Middle East and its sway around the world. READ MORE

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