Near East Report - May 17, 2012

Near East Report
May 17, 2012 PDF DOWNLOAD PRINT VERSION OF NER www.aipac.org/ner
Slideshow photo The uprising in Syria started in March 2011 as a peaceful protest movement but has grown more deadly as the Assad regime deployed its army to put down the rebellion. View a slideshow to learn more about the events of the past few months.
In This Issue
Iran Keeping the Assad Regime in Syria Afloat
An Interview with MK Yohanan Plesner
Presidential Elections in Egypt
Life Sciences: A New Frontier in U.S.-Israel Cooperation
Editorial: Celebrating 64 Years of Israeli Democracy

Iran Keeping the Assad Regime in
Syria Afloat

While his counterparts in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya have succumbed to massive anti-government protests, Syrian President Bashar Assad has withstood a 14-month-long uprising against his autocratic regime. A key factor in Assad’s success has been the support of his only remaining regional ally, Iran. READ MORE
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The Current Mideast from an Israeli Perspective: An Interview with MK
Yohanan Plesner

With Iran’s quest for nuclear weapons continuing unabated, Syria in chaos and Egypt falling under Islamist rule, Israel faces an extremely volatile and difficult environment. To discuss the situation, Near East Report interviewed Yohanan Plesner, a member of the Israeli Knesset’s Defense and Foreign Relations Committee. READ MORE
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Presidential Elections in Egypt

Egyptians will mark the next phase in their country’s political transition next week, when they return to the polls to vote for a president. The stakes of this contest are particularly high. The winner will have to deal with an ailing economy, restore security to the Egyptian street and shape the country’s relations with the West and Israel. READ MORE
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Life Sciences: A New Frontier in
U.S.-Israel Cooperation

Though Israel has made a name for itself throughout the world in the traditional hi-tech sector, its success in the life sciences field is less well-known. American companies have begun to recognize the potential for cooperation in this field and are pursuing projects that combine U.S. resources with Israeli knowhow. READ MORE
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Editorial:
Celebrating 64 Years of Israeli Democracy

Three weeks ago, Israel marked its 64th Independence Day. This was an opportunity to celebrate the Jewish state’s remarkable achievements, from its 10 Nobel Prizes to its booming, hi-tech economy. What is no less remarkable is that Israel has continuously maintained a democratic system of government, even in times of war. READ MORE

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