Near East Report - June 8 2012

Near East Report
June 08, 2012 PDF DOWNLOAD PRINT VERSION OF NER www.aipac.org/ner
Slideshow photo Egypt’s first free presidential elections since last year’s ouster of longtime leader Hosni Mubarak took place May 23-24. The landmark elections followed a tumultuous two-month campaign. View a slideshow to learn more about the elections and their results.
In This Issue
Israel and India: Celebrating A 20-Year Partnership
Israel’s National Search and Rescue Unit:
An Interview with Col. (res.) Gideon Bar-on
Review of Barry Rubin,
Israel: An Introduction
Heard on the Hill
In Memoriam: Shimon Erem
Editorial: While the World Talks, Iran Enriches

Israel and India:
Celebrating A 20-Year Partnership

India, the largest democracy in the world, and Israel, one of the smallest, share a great deal beyond their longstanding democratic traditions. And in the 20 years since the establishment of full relations in 1992, the two countries have created a strong and mutually beneficial partnership based on common values and interests. READ MORE
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Israel’s National Search and Rescue Unit: An Interview with Col. (res.) Gideon Bar-on

From the bombing of the U.S. embassy in Nairobi to the earthquake in Haiti, Israel’s National Search and Rescue Unit has been on the scene at some of the worst disasters the world has known. To learn more about this unit and its work, Near East Report interviewed Col. (res.) Gideon Bar-on, former commander of the unit. READ MORE
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Review of Barry Rubin,
Israel: An Introduction (Yale University Press, 2012)

As important as Israel is and despite the almost obsessive focus on it, the country is often not seriously studied or well understood. Israel: An Introduction, authored by Barry Rubin and published by Yale University Press, is intended to fill this glaring gap. READ MORE
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Heard on the Hill

Near East Report offers a look at recent legislation in Congress pertaining to the Middle East and the U.S.-Israel relationship. READ MORE
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In Memoriam: Shimon Erem

Long-time AIPAC activist Shimon Erem, a pillar of the Los Angeles pro-Israel community, passed away May 27 at the age of 90. Erem, who once told a friend that he awoke every morning and asked himself, “What can I do for Israel today,” was involved in every chapter of Israel’s history. READ MORE
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Dr. Raphael Danziger
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Jeremy Rider
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Samantha Levy
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Editorial:
While the World Talks, Iran Enriches

The latest round of international negotiations over Iran’s illicit nuclear program, held May 23-24 in Baghdad, ended once again in an impasse. Time is running out. The world cannot afford further rounds of talks during which Iran is allowed to advance its nuclear weapons pursuit. READ MORE

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